Gold Fever and Finding Miners Down Under

Shauna Hicks
Oct 4, 2023
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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Mining History
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Miners into Australia
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Newspapers and Gazettes
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Archives and Libraries
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Historical Societies and Museums
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Their Stories
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Announcements / prizes
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About this webinar

This presentation examines the lure of gold discoveries in various Australian states in the 19th century. Many people travelled down under to try and make their fortunes but didn’t realise just how hard it was working on Australian gold fields. Mining records and newspapers can be used to trace miners and to understand their way of life.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Shauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years in Australian libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. Since retiring from full time work, she has written numerous famil
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  1. KB
    Kerry Brook
    9 months ago

    Shauna is always a great speaker. I now have lots of research to follow up on my mining ancestors in Australia. Examples of her own heritage are always interesting and very helpful.

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    Sheila Rutz
    9 months ago

    One branch of my family were miners in Nevada. And Arizona. And California. But for some reason one of my grandfathers sailed to Australia (where my father was born in 1910) and then came back again to the US. Wish I knew more of that story.

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    Annette Gazley
    9 months ago

    Fantastic webinar, such a lot of new sites to investigate. I suspect my Ggandfather was in Ballarat area, as he came to NZ in 1862 as a Miner and his to be wife lived in Creswick, Jane came out to NZ aged 18 and went straight to where he was in Clyde, Central Otago. But I have to fine him in Victoria, William Walker, rather hard. Thanks so much for that helpful lecture.

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    Debra Rohde
    9 months ago

    Excellent & very informative

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    Ann Vicary
    9 months ago

    opened up new ideas of where to look

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    Cheryl Philstrom
    9 months ago

    Very helpful ideas for me to try to locate my French ancestors who immigrated to Victoria in 1854.

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  7. JS
    Joan Scott
    9 months ago

    Very informative webinar! I have lots of miners in my family tree from South Australia, Victoria, and Western Australia. I look forward to doing more research on them! Thank you!

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    Mrs Chris Wright
    9 months ago

    Always wonderful to learn from Shauna.

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