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Gold Seekers on the Victorian Goldfields
August 7 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM$15.00 – $25.00
Part One discusses what life was like. It outlines the timeframe of gold discoveries and differing locations where gold was discovered in Victoria. This helps to assist in locating an ancestor, while at the same time puts ‘meat on the bones’ and shows what life was like on the early diggings. Part One then discusses some pitfalls and hints, and shows some unusual sources and records.
Part Two will pursue some of the different characters, including freemasons, goldfields women from very early diggings life to those feisty femmes who were at Eureka in 1854, and other folk who settled and made good. Each amazing story gives a more in-depth view of archives, shows different areas of research and illustrates some of the ways you can find your ancestors on the Victorian goldfields.
About the Presenter
Dr Dorothy Wickham PhD, MPhil, TPTC, MPHA (Qld, Vic & Tas)
Dorothy Wickham is a publisher, author, educator, and professional historian with a strong background in archives and education. She has been closely connected with educational research, historical interpretation, theoretical approaches, and comparative analyses, locating local and regional research within a broader transnational context.
Dot has written or co-authored over 20 titles including The Eureka Encyclopaedia (Winner Victorian Community History Awards 2005), Women on the Diggings: Ballarat 1854 (Commended 2010), Freemasons on the Goldfields 1853-2013 (Shortlisted), and has edited the collaborative publication Pay Dirt: Hidden Gold, Ballarat & Other Goldfields (2018). Dot is currently co-authoring Refuge & Reform with Frank Golding, and writing Eureka’s Fallen, Women of the Goldfields: Strumpets and Silk Stockings, and more.