The Astonishing History of Ballarat Volume 3 1851-78

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The Story of the Quartz Miners of Ballarat

By 1878 the alluvial gold of Ballarat had virtually run out and the town was ‘on its last legs.’ Volume 3 tells the story of how an undervalued, marginalised group of miners, the quartz crushers, laid the foundations for Ballarat’s transition from alluvial to quartz crushing.

Thank heavens they persevered.

The Crushed, Amalgamated and Retorted Content

Quartz Crushing in the Era of
Shallow Lead Alluvial Mining  1851-60

1.  Great Expectations Realised –  Golden Point  –  1851
2.  Crushing Defeats –  Black Hill –  1851-1855
3.  Crushing Lessons –  Dead Horse –  1856
4.  After Eureka was Over –  Ballarat and Bendigo –  1855-1860

Quartz Crushing in the Era of
Deep Lead Alluvial Mining  1856-1873

5.  The Township Reef –  Sturt-street –  1856-1860
6.  The ‘Riot’ on Gaol Hill –  Lydiard-street –  1857
7.  Old Post Office Hill –  Magpie-street –  1855-1860
8.  A Tale of Two Towns –  Ballarat and Bendigo –  1861-1870

The Four Grand Old Mines of Ballarat  1859-1903

9.   G.O.M. 1  The Black Hill Mine –  Black Hill  Flat –  1860-1897
10.  G.O.M. 2  The Llanberris Mine –  Gum Tree Flat –  1864-1903
11.  G.O.M. 3  The Temperance Mine –  Little Bendig –  1861-1887
12.   G.O.M. 4  The Imperial Mine –  Hiscocks –  1859-1900

Ballarat’s Depressing Decade 1870-1878

13.   The Great Salting Swindle –  The Revival Mine –  1870
14.   On Its Last Legs –  Ballarat’s Recession –  1870-78