Old Gold & Mining Towns of Australia [used book]

Old Gold & Mining Towns of Australia [used book]

By: John Darbyshire and C. E. Sayers

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The gigantic wealth of the goldfields changed the course of Australian history. Hundreds of thousands of new inhabitants flocked here from the other side of the world. They endured astounding hardships as they unearthed almost unbelievable quantities of gold. Hordes of diggers swarmed through the outback. Bush tracks became wide trampled roads. The diggers changed the face of the earth over huge areas. They diverted creeks, slashed into bush and forest, and burrowed deep in the soil. It was an era of frenzied excitement. Masses of men swarmed from one goldfield to another at news of a fresh strike. New towns sprang up within a few days. Countless diggers slaved in vain while others discovered huge nuggets. Violence flared in riots, fights and robberies. Storekeepers and publicans made their fortunes. Millions of dollars worth of gold had to be protected from bushrangers. Many souvenirs of the Roaring Days of the great gold rushes are still to be found. In this book, some of John Darbyshire's vivid paintings depict the ghost towns, the ancient deserted buildings and the strange landscapes created by the diggers in their wild search for fortune. Other paintings show some of the fine buildings financed by gold in such cities as Bendigo and the remnants of South Australian mining towns where copper was almost as important as gold. Each of the old gold and mining towns illustrated in this book is described in a graphic text by the noted historian C. E. Sayers. The combination of text and paintings creates a colourful and informative picture of the days when men risked everything for gold.

Title: Old Gold & Mining Towns of Australia [used book]

Author Name: John Darbyshire and C. E. Sayers

Categories: Australiana, Australian History,

Publisher: Australia, International Limited Editions: 1975

ISBN Number: 0851799973

ISBN Number 13: 9780851799971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Type: Book

Size: 26 x 20 cm

Kg: 1.00 Kg

Seller ID: 001535