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The following photographs are presented by courtesy of the Ballarat Historical Society Inc. Collection jointly housed by the Gold Museum, Ballarat and the Ballarat Library. They are early photographs depicting aspects of the Victorian gold rushes. You can also search the Gold Museum Collection and the Ballarat Historical Society’s photograph collection.

To analyse these pictures, try to answer three questions:

1. What is going on here?
2. How do we know?
3. What else is going on?



Chinese Camp, Golden Point 1886

Ballarat Bicycle Club at the Botanic Gardens 1883. Note the two ladies bicycles


A miners hut near Ballarat

The S.E Corner of Sturt and Lydiard Sts where mining shares were traded

Cabs at Mark’s corner in Sturt St, Ballarat 1880s

Old Post office Hill, Golden Point, 1853. The present site of Sovereign Hill


Rogers & Co, Tailors. Cnr Sturt and Errard Sts, 1875


A horse-driven puddling machine


Panning for Gold


James Esmond in later life. He was the first to find gold at Clunes

Thomas Hiscock. Finder of gold in Buninyong