21 June, 2019 – The Age by Darren Gray
Back in the days of the Victorian gold rush the early diggers toiled away with shovels, picks, wash pans and bare hands, as they scoured the goldfields.
These were the only tools needed for success on the rich pickings around Ballarat and Bendigo, where diggers sometimes found gold in quartz reefs sticking out of rocks above the ground, or nuggets on the surface. In other cases they found it in shallow creeks and streams, or underground in narrow mine-shafts, illuminated by candlelight.
To read the story in full: ‘When you see it you can’t mistake it’. The comeback of Victorian gold