Mining Township (New Rush). Queensland, Australia ca. 1870sBy Remembering the Past Australia / August 16, 2020 / Australia / 0 Comments
This image is part of the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives UK.
A common scene described in histories of the goldfields was the rush to new diggings. These first rushes were usually to the alluvial flats beside a watercourse, where gold was near the surface and easy to extract. Here, mining could be done without much skill and no capital and it attracted a varied and large crowd of hopeful gold miners. Following a new rush, the establishment of a government camp was a priority, and if the rush were sustained, a township would be surveyed. [Gold. Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Vol. 33, 2016, pg. 239.]
Showing a mining township in a ‘New Rush’ in Queensland, Australia. Original photo taken ca 1870s.
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