In 1867, James Nash discovered gold in Nash's Gully, which later became the goldfields of Gympie. By October 31 that year, an area of 25 square miles around Nashville was declared the Upper Mary River Goldfields. Official figures for 1868 show 84,792 ounces of gold was taken out. Nash is said to have earned 10,000 pounds in 12 months on the field in addition to the thousand-pound government reward for finding gold. Unfortunately, he invested in mining companies on the field and lost much of his money. In January,1912, Mr Nash was granted a pension of 100 pounds per year after retiring as keeper of the powder magazine at Traveston south of Gympie. He died in Gympie in October, 1913.
What is Gold and its properties?
· It is heavy, bright, yellow, dense, soft shiny metal
· It doesn’t rust or corrode
· It can be melted and changed many times without losing its weight
· It is malleable: can be carved - statues, rings, temples
· It has always fascinated mankind
· Reserves are used in many countries to support their money
· It is high in value and can be very expensive to buy
Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson was an Australian writer and bush poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia's "greatest short story writer".
Born: 17 June 1867, Grenfell
Died: 2 September 1922, Abbotsford
Place of burial: Waverley Cemetery, Bronte
Peter Fintan Lalor was an Irish-Australian rebel and, later, politician who rose to fame for his leading role in the Eureka Rebellion, an event identified with the "birth of democracy" in Australia.
Born: 5 February 1827, Raheen, Ireland
Died: 9 February 1889, Richmond
Spouse: Alicia Dunne (m. 1855–1887)
Previous offices: Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly (1880–1887)
Edward Hammond Hargraves was born on 7 October 1816 in Gosport, Hampshire, England, the son of Elizabeth and John Edward Hargraves. He was educated in Brighton and Lewes, but left school at the age of 14 to go to sea. He arrived in Sydney in 1832.
Patrick Hannan was a gold prospector whose lucrative discovery on 14 June 1893 set off a major gold rush in the area now known as Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia. The resulting goldfield has been mined ever since and is renowned as The Golden Mile, the richest square mile in the world. Wikipedia
Born: 26 April 1840, Sixmilebridge, Ireland
Died: 4 November 1925, Melbourne
Place of burial: Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton North
Learn what lead to the Eureka Uprising and the effects this had on the diggers.