Finding gold

Victorian gold was extremely pure and incredibly abundant just below the surface of the soil.

Gold's remarkable properties, value and prestige put Victoria on the world map in the 1850s. Find out about some of Austraila's richest discoveries, where gold was most commonly found and how it was mined.

Gold is one of the most desirable elements on Earth. How it is formed and where it is hidden has fascinated people for millennia.
Unique qualities of this metal guarantee its value as a symbol of wealth and a highly desired material in industry.
Water and gravity were used to separate gold from dirt in the early days of the gold rushes.
Beneath the soil of Victoria were the biggest and purest nuggets ever discovered.