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List of purchases and gold sales
Title : List of purchases and gold sales List of purchases and gold sales
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Creator : Fairweather family
Source : PRG 1372/4
Date of creation : 1852
Format : Manuscript
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Donated by : Mr D F Fairweather
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The 1852 Victorian gold rush depleted the population of Adelaide and its surrounding areas as most able-bodied men travelled east to seek their fortunes. This left mainly women, children, older and sick men who were not strong enough to work on the goldfields.

Frederick Fairweather's lists provide an example of the everyday needs of a gold digger.  'Expences at the Diggins', 8 May to 24 June 1852 and 'Gold sold at the Diggins', 3 May to 29 May 1852,  list purchases of food and supplies. Also recorded are gold and money sent home to his wife Mary who lived at Mitcham in South Australia.

A separate sheet details Fairweather's set up costs in the form of equipment, food, beverages and travel costs from Melbourne to the Bendigo goldfield, 18 April 1852. The costs for his share in a tent and other equipment are also listed, 3 May 1852.

Related names :

Fairweather, Frederick

Fairweather, Mary

Coverage year : 1852
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Bendigo (Vic.)
Further reading :

Blake, L. J. Gold escort Melbourne : Hawthorn Press, 1971

Gibbs, R.M. A history of South Australia Adelaide : Balara Books, 1969

Hocking, Geoff. Gold: a pictorial history of the Australian gold rush, Rowville, Vic: Five Mile Press, 2006, c2000

Kwan, Elizabeth. Living in South Australia: a social history, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Parker, Heather All in the line of duty : danger and drudgery on the gold escort route Adelaide - Mount Alexander, 1852-53 Bordertown, S.A. : District Council of Tatiara, 1971 (Bordertown : Border Chronicle)

Stone, Derrick I and Sue MacKinnon. Life on the Australian goldfields, Carlton, Vic.; Sydney : Methuen of Australia, 1976

Internet links :

The Australian gold rush: stories from Australia's culture and recreation portal

Gold! (Victorian Cultural Collaboration)

National Library of Australia. Pictures catalogue

SA Memory, A rich tapestry : South Australian communities Effect of Victorian gold rush on South Australia

SA Memory, Timeline Gold fields of Australia

Victoria gold rush Wikipedia



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