I have got it

This painting shows a lucky digger who has found gold using the ‘puddling’ and panning methods. With gold at £3 an ounce (28 grams), and a labourer’s weekly wage around £2 a week, this miner is holding the equivalent of weeks, or perhaps months, of wages.


Eugene Von Guerard, oil painting. 1854


Accession number: H15746


From the State Library of Victoria's Picture Collection.


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Prospecting methods