Gold Tailings: Forgotten Histories of Family and Community on the Central Victorian Goldfields
The rich landscapes of the Victorian central goldfields are the legacy of thousands of ordinary men and women who settled in the wake of the alluvial gold discoveries of the early 1850s. Gold Tailings explores how these men and women established families and created enduring communities that survived long after the alluvial gold was exhausted.
Gold tailings explores the private and often forgotten lives of the gold settlers who built these communities. It moves beyond the sterotype of rootless single male diggers and analyses how enduring communities were formed when male gold diggers – who often travelled with mates and kin – were joined by women, and together they formed families and networks of common interest and mutual support.
Australian Scholarly Publishing