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In the early days of the gold rushes, getting to the goldfields was a matter of walking, going on horseback or buying a place on a bullock dray.
Men outnumbered women six to one on the goldfields and harsh conditions took their toll on the female population.
In a single year, the population of the colony of Victoria almost doubled.
The new colony struggled to capitalise on the wealth generated from its natural resources.
Children were especially vulnerable to the harsh conditions on the goldfields.
Life was incredibly hard for diggers. Many even described the gold fields as a graveyard - each man digging his own grave.
Edward Snell made ‘two piles’ of money: one out of gold-digging, the other as the Engineer of the Melbourne-Geelong Railway.
In New York, the Piersons joined American, Canadian, German and English men and women on a 4 month voyage to Australia.
Most observers were surprised that such a large population - most of them armed - were so well-behaved.
Chinese migrants made up a large proportion of those coming to Victoria to try and make their fortune on the gold fields.