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Mining Camp

Student activities

Task no. 1

Mining Camp

Questions:

  • Carefully examine the source below and identify the following:
    • mine shafts (2)
    • men with shovels 
    • gold washing cradle
    • ordinary miners' tents
    • the Gold Commissioner's tent - how do you know?
  • Which tent in this painting is similar to the inside of William Essington King's tent in Activity 4?
  • Conduct your own research on gold washing cradles.
    • where did this technique of washing gold come from?
    • explain how a gold washing cradle works.
[Mining camp, Victoria or New South Wales] ca. 1855-60, ca. 1855-1860
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