Excerpts: Victorian Gold Rush of the 1850’s – 1890’s

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This short extract from our video on Albert Facey: Old School Toughness and Character, gives a brief account of the Australian Gold Rush of the late 19th Century, which turned Melbourne, Victoria from a sleepy backwater into one of the worlds most glamorous cities in the span of just 40 years. So much gold poured into Britain’s treasury from the gold boom that it paid off its entire national debt, and fuelled its rapid industrialisation. Migrants flowed into Australia from all over the world, but when the gold ran out- famines and disease took a heavy toll on the population, and the towns vacated as miners moved interstate to new goldfields, and farmers were left to cope with the onset of droughts and unemployment.

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