1858 Gold discovered in British Columbia . 1858 A small deposit of gold was discovered north of Fitzroy River in north Queensland. The few acres were soon exhausted by the arrivals. 5000 6000 footsore and penniless diggers had to be helped to return to Victoria or to the inland NSW goldfields.
History of discovery The first gold rush in Australia began in May 1851 after prospector Edward Hargraves claimed to have discovered payable gold near Orange, at a site he called Ophir. Hargraves had been to the Californian goldfields and had learned new gold prospecting techniques such as panning and cradling.prospector Edward Hargraves claimed to have discovered payable gold near Orange Gold rush May 1851 c. 1914 Australia
Gold in Australia was first officially discovered in 1851 by one Edward Hargraves. Hargraves had just returned empty handed from the already under way Californian Gold Rush and had a theory that the Australian and Californian terrains had many similarities. Hargraves hit the road and travelled west of Sydney towards the Bathurst plains.
On February 12, 1851, a prospector discovered flecks of gold in a waterhole near Bathurst, New South Wales , Australia. Soon, even more gold was discovered in what would become the neighboring state of Victoria. This began the Australian Gold Rush, which had a profound impact on the countrys national identity.