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The Victorian Gold Rush
 
Life, history aside, reveals that wherever there is a goldmine, people will pack their bags and hurrily take flight like flocks of birds following the strong easterly winds. I mean, a literal “gold mine”. Or call it a gold rush, if you will. It happened in 1851 in Victoria, Australia. It was then a colony of Britain. Upon learning that there were nuggets of gold to be found in almost all parts of Victoria, from Castlemaine to Ballarat and Bendigo, the population of Melbourne boomed. Evidently, the Victorian gold rush spawned an era of prosperity in this former British colony.

Where Nuggets are Found Everywhere

I was looking at a Gold Museum which reminded me of how rich Australia was in gold during that point in the country’s history. Miners from Europe began to dig at Specimen Gully, Mount Alexander, Walhalla, and Mount Tarrengower. At Mount Tarrengower, the Aborigines actually found gold specks on the soil without digging. The most remarkable gold mining that occurred was at Walhalla, where after 40 years of mining, 50 tons of gold had been produced.

Future Gold Mine Prospects

Even though gold mines have been exhausted in the 19th century, people are still speculating on the possibility of finding more gold. After the First World War, there have been few laborers left to dig. The Victorian gold rush has caused a population boom and prosperity. Profits went to England anyway, but there was still enough to sustain Australia to the next generation. This time, as the price of gold was beginning to soar, the government is looking at the prospect of gold mining once more. But the reefs were to be found in deeper soil now, and more sophisticated equipment would have to be used.

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Thursday, April 26. 2007