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Blog post from Thursday, 22 May, 2014

The discovery of gold deposits in New South Wales was officially announced today in 1851. The gold rushes had a profound effect on Australia - economically, politically, socially. Those that worked the fields became known as ‘diggers’ - a term which later became synonymous with the Australian and New Zealand soldiers (the ANZACs) of WW1.

Find out more about the gold rushes from our wonderful Discover Collections pages which show case some of our maps, paintings, photographs and even objects from this most significant moment in Australia’s history.

Saunders’ map of the Australian gold country: compiled from the official records & information afforded by E. H. Hargraves, the discoverer of the country created by W Meadows Brownrigg