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S: The Gold Rush By Maggie MacEvilly

BC: The Gold Rush | The Gold Rush | The Gold Rush | THE GOLD RUSH

FC: The Gold Rush


2: 2. On the 10th of June 1892, an Irish man named Paddy Hanan discovered 100 onces of Alluvial gold in Coolgardie. He discovered the gold on his way to the gold fields. People knew there was gold there, but they didn't know that there was chunks of gold that big. On the 17th of June 1892, he broke the news, and he started one of the largest goldrushes in the world.

3: Hundreds of people came to find gold. They thought that it would be an easy job which they could get payed more for, than their normal jobs. But digging for gold is quite hard.

4: 4. Gold Fever | The news of gold caught everyones attention. This made everyone desperate for gold. People deserted their homes all over the world, to come and find gold. In 1851 thousands of people left their jobs. for example solders and policemen quit, schools were shut down. since so many people came Australia became a multiculturalism country. This wasn't always good some cultures would steal from different cultures, and other things happened like that which started racism. But people kept on going out to the find gold even though their chances were very low. Some were so desperate that they didn't even get a license for gold digging.

6: Gold there are more than one kind of gold and there were two in Coolgardie. 6. | This is Alluvial gold. Alluvial gold is gold that you find near the top of the soil. In streams or wet area's. You require a pan, some water, shovel, and a pick to look for Alluvial Gold.

7: Shaft Gold. Shaft gold is probably the hardest kind of gold to find. | Shaft gold is gold that is buried metres bellow the surface. You need a pick, shovel, bucket and windlass cradle to find shaft gold.

8: 8. Lifestyle The lifestyle that they would have to live in was atrocious. The towns became Canvass Towns, and their wasn't enough room for everyone. | There was no bathrooms, and families had to sbare a room. Diseases spread, called Typhus. The disease. killed hundreds of people.

10: 10. Food The on the gold fields food was terrible, always going off , and was very stale. plus the food was very expensive at the time. While they were there they mostly only ate things that were salted or could be stored for a while in tins. they also ate damper, quite often which is made out of self raising flour, salt, butter, milk,and water. For the diggers, that were on the gold fields mutton (sheep) was brought out so they could get more without going all they way back into town.

11: Water Water was also horrible because it wasn't clean. The state of the water and food gave people diseases. People got things like typhus, diarrhoea and some starved to death. So they couldn't drink water. So they used tea. but they still used water for cooking. another problem with water was that there was hardly any.

12: 12. Clothing Babies wore soft clothes and wore rapped in a blanket. | In the gold fields men wore wide-brimmed hat. They would wear two shirts. Their undershirt was made out of linen or cotton. The shirt on the out side was made mostly out of wool. They mostly had stripped clothes. The men would wear trousers. They also wore long underwear, and knee high leather boots. Women wore bonnets. They wore ankle-length dresses, over chemises (short sleeved smock like garments). they also wore woolen shawls. they wore ankle high boots outside, and slippers or leather boots that could have heals.

13: Education The only children that got to go to school were children that were rich . But sometimes if parents couldn't pay for their child's education the government or churches would pay for them. Some mothers knew how to read and write so they taught their children. The School wass usually one room where every student all ages does the same work.

14: 14. People In the gold fields their are nice people that share and theirs the greedy ones that steal. Some people can be great friends, and would help you find gold, but be careful some only pretend to be friends and steal from you. | People It was hard for People to trust others. Some of the greedy people aren't just diggers they might be a police officer or even a teacher.

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16: Another law was that alcohol was banned from the diggings in case of fights or stealing. (Drinking and fights were common). | 16. Law As always there were rules. Some people went by rules and they were not harmed but the ones that didn't and were caught payed the priced. Some of the Laws were that if you wanted to dig for gold you had to have a license if you didn't and you were caught you could get tide to a tree and left in the boiling hot weather. Plus they were fined. People didn't get the license because they were so expansive ( 30 shillings, a third of a workers weekly payment). In 1851 only half of the gold diggers had a license.

18: Transport Some peoples transportation on the GoldFields was walking some had horses and the lucky ones got to have a Bullock. A Bullock is a wagon that is attched to a horse who pulls it along.

21: Thank you for reading my book. By Maggie MacEvilly 21.

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