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1849 the Rush That Never Started

1849 the Rush That Never Started
  

Professor Emerita Susan Ballyn, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain: .. .covers new and unexplored ground regarding the first discovery of gold in Australia and of the socio/politics of the time that left this event relatively unexplored and relegated to mere references eve... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781320575751
Published 9 October 2016
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Wilkie, Douglas

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ISBN-13 9781320575751
ISBN-10 1320575757
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Blurb
Publication Date 9 October 2016
International Publication Date 18 April 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Wilkie, Douglas
Category History
Australian
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 402 pp
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 395g
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 628212

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Professor Emerita Susan Ballyn, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain: .. .covers new and unexplored ground regarding the first discovery of gold in Australia and of the socio/politics of the time that left this event relatively unexplored and relegated to mere references even in the work of historians such as Blainey. Dr David Roberts, Senior Lecturer, University of New England, Armidale, NSW: .. . engaging and satisfying ... I found this work somewhat refreshing ... it demonstrated an intimacy and depth of knowledge that was persuasive and sometimes compelling ... allowed us to get beneath the skin of the people, and to see possible connections between a variety of episodes, many of which have certainly been underappreciated and misunderstood in existing literature. Many people have the impression that the Victorian gold rushes not only began in mid-1851, but also occurred in response to discoveries earlier in that year near Bathurst, west of Sydney. Not so! The Victorian gold rushes of 1851 were a direct consequence of a largely forgotten gold discovery two years earlier in the Pyrenees Ranges of the Port Phillip District. This is the story of how, in the summer of 1849, one shepherd and three ex-convicts started a gold rush involving hundreds of Melbourne residents. The story of how Charles La Trobe, the Superintendent of the Port Phillip District, discouraged gold mining until after Port Phillip's separation from New South Wales to ensure the revenue would be expended solely for Victoria's benefit. To open a gold field while Port Phillip was still part of New South Wales would be to hand the benefits to Sydney. It is the story of how those accredited with the 1851 gold discoveries, such as Edward Hargraves, were influenced by the actions of those involved in 1849 Pyrenees discovery.

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Author's Bio

DOUGLAS WILKIE has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, in which he investigated long forgotten or misunderstood origins of the Victorian gold rushes of 1851. He also has a BA, BEd, MA and MEd from Monash University with major studies in Ancient History, Renaissance History, Australian History and Victorian Educational History. He has published numerous articles in history journals on subjects related to Van Diemen's Land convicts and the early history of Port Phillip District. In 2014 he was appointed an Honorary Fellow in the School of Philosophical and Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Recent books include The Journal of Madame Callegari: The true story behind Alexandre Dumas's 1855 book The Journal of Madame Giovanni; The Life and Loves of Eugene Rossiet Lennon, Professeur Extraordinaire; Education in the Sink of Iniquity; and 1849 The Rush that Never Started: Forgotten origins of the 1851 Victorian Gold Rushes.

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