Notice to deter public servants from leaving their posts

So many men were going to the goldfields that it became difficult to get crews for ships, or staff for the public service. The government responded by trying to make it impossible for those people to get mining licences. The policy failed to achieve its aim. 



Victoria Government Gazette No. 15 Wednesday October 15th 1851, p637.



From the State Library of Victoria's La Trobe Collection.



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Disruptive impact & moral panic