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  The Golden Age: A History of the Colony of Victoria 1851-1861
The Golden Age: History of Victoria 1851-61

Our Price: AU$29.95 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - paperback, 482 pages
Author: G. Searle
Year: (1963) 1995
Other Data: b&w photos, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780522841435

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Product Code: WIL074
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Victoria has never seen such activity nor such fundamental change as in the 1850s. These fantastic years transformed a minor pastoral settlement into a celebrated British colony. Separation from New South Wales, the gold rushes, the Eureka Stockade, a staggering rise in population, the establishment of parliamentary government and the attempts to 'unlock the land' were all highlights of the period.

Geoffrey Searle is as at home in this accounts of the frenzied life on the goldfields as he is in describing the complex proceedings of parliament and the great personalities of the time.

No writer before Searle had showed how gold shaped Victoria and peopled it with some of the most vigorous citizens. 'The Golden Age' is a landmark of Australian history.

Prologue: The Port Phillip District in 1850
1. The Early Gold Rushes 1851-1852
2. 'There's a Good Time Coming, Boys!'
3. 'Shout for the Diggings, Shout Hurrah!'
4. Diggers and Government 1852-1853
5. The Trials of a Governor
6. Sir Charles Hotham and Eureka
7. Transition to Responsible Government
8. Economic Redirection
9. The First Parliament 1856-1859
10. The Second Parliament 1859-1861
11. The Chinese Minority
12. Religion and Education
13. The Arts and Sciences
14. Conclusion
Appendix 1. Population
Appendix 2. Migration
Appendix 3. Unassisted Migration
Appendix 4. Mining Population
Appendix 5. Gold Production
Appendix 6. John Dunmore Lang's Declaration of Independence

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