Gold: Forgotten Histories and Lost Objects of Australia

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A team of prominent historians and curators have produced this innovative cultural history of gold and its impact on the development of Australian society. Throughout history, gold has been the "stuff" of legends, fortunes, conflict and change. The discovery of gold in Australia 150 years ago precipitated enormous developments in the newly settled land. The population and economy boomed in spontaneous cities. The effects on both the environment and indigenous Aboriginal peoples ...
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Overview

A team of prominent historians and curators have produced this innovative cultural history of gold and its impact on the development of Australian society. Throughout history, gold has been the "stuff" of legends, fortunes, conflict and change. The discovery of gold in Australia 150 years ago precipitated enormous developments in the newly settled land. The population and economy boomed in spontaneous cities. The effects on both the environment and indigenous Aboriginal peoples have been profound and lasting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107403536
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2011
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of contributors
List of conversions
Introduction 1
Pt. I Gold and Modernity: The Impact of the Gold Rushes on the Development of the Australian Colonies
1 Making an Edgier History of Gold 23
2 'The Finger of God's: Gold's Impact on New South Wales 37
3 Gold-Rush Melbourne 52
4 Labour and Trade Unionism in Victorian Goldmining: Bendigo, 1861-1915 67
5 Mullock Heaps and Tailing Mounds: Environmental Effects of Alluvial Goldmining 85
Pt. II Immigrants and Ethnic Relations
6 'Men of All Nations, except Chinamen': Europeans and Chinese on the Goldfields of New South Wales 103
7 Undesirable Persons: Race and West Australian Mining Legislation 124
8 Golden Opportunities?: Immigrant Workers on Western Australia's Eastern Goldfields, 1900-1965 141
Pt. III White Gold/Black Gold: Settler and Indigenous Histories of Goldmining
9 Eyewitness?: Drawings by Oscar of Cooktown 157
10 Golden Reflections: Artists, Entrepreneurs and Aborigines on the North-West Australian Goldfields 164
11 Lasseter's Stories: Tending the Ghosts of Desert Gold 179
12 Isla del Oro: Seeking New Guinea Gold 189
13 Jukurrpa - Golden Dreams 207
Pt. IV Daily Life and Domestic Culture
14 Mrs. Charles Clacy, Lola Montez and Poll the Grogseller: Glimpses of Women on the Early Victorian Goldfields 225
15 After the Gold Rush: Material Culture and Settlement on Victoria's Central Goldfields 250
16 Vegetable Plots and Pleasure Gardens of the Victorian Goldfields 267
Pt. V Art, Visuality and Material Culture
17 Edward Snell: Sketching a Fortune 285
18 Antoine Fauchery: A French Artist's View of the Goldfields 299
19 Cinderella's Jewellery: The Gold-Rush Brooches of Western Australia 316
20 A Broad Brush Dipped in Gold: The Expansion of Australian Vision 326
Index 339
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