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Other Places for Research

  • Interesting articles and links covering common student research questions can be found on the Sovereign Hill Education blog.
  • The Audio section of this website contains some useful primary sources.
  • Our Video section has some great information



Useful Links

TROVE is a portal giving access to the collections of most of Australia’s leading museums, galleries and libraries. You can find historic pictures and artefacts and articles from most of Australia’s newspapers. It is run by the National Library of Australia and is the perfect place to start your research. Try different key words and experiment with the advanced search.


The National Museum  of Australia - Goldrush Game
This an interactive game for 8 - 12 year olds.  Does the sight of gold make your palms itchy? Give them a scratch by mining for gold in the Ballarat goldfields of 1865. (Note: While this resource is presently unavailable at the National Museum, it can be found on Scootle)

The State Library of Victoria - Ergo, Golden Victoria
This wonderful site provides excellent comentary and primary sources from the SLV collection. It is divided into three areas - Finding Gold, Life on the Goldfields and Imapact on Society - all with numerous sub-topics that are sure to be of interest. It is part of the Ergo website offering research and writing tips for secondary students.

State Library of Victoria - Picture Catalogue
Type ‘gold rush’ or ‘gold mining’ into this search engine for a wealth of pictures from our own State Library. Try your own search key words.

SBS Gold
This excellent site combines the resources of a number of leading museums and galleries to tell the story of the Australian Gold Rushes. Check out the map!

 eGold - A Nations Heritage
“An electronic encyclopaedia of gold in Australia”. This is a scholarly collection of articles, documents and images on the Castlemaine and Ballarat goldfields. All articles are well referenced with lots of links to related articles. Short contemporary quotes are often presented in engaging movie files. Suitable for teachers and older students.

ANU - Australian National Dictionary Centre
“These documents are from Victorian newspapers in the early 1850s. They are a product of the Australian National Dictionary Centre’s research into Australian English …T he newspapers (articles) provide vibrant first-hand accounts of the effects of the discovery of gold on Australian society. They also provide accounts of the difficulties of getting to the goldfields, detailed descriptions of life on the goldfields, and information about social problems associated with the goldfields (gambling, illegal selling of alcohol, robberies, etc). ”

Geoscience Australia Gold Fact Sheet
This is a useful fact sheet describing the properties and interesting facts about gold. It contains a useful map of operating gold mines in Australia

Sovereign Hill
The official homepage for Sovereign Hill.

Public Records Office Eureka site
This site contains some important primary sources.

History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
The Official site of the HTAV provides information on professional development opportunities for History teachers. A members only section conatins numerous tried and tested teachig resources.

Department of Education
The official site of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development