Author(s): Geoff Hocking
Through Hocking's easy to read narrative style, we learn of the rollicking days on the goldfields - from California to Australia. Each chapter tells a different story - bushrangers on the diffings, hordes of Chinese also seeking riches under the Southern Cross, to the women of the goldfields including the notorious Lola Montez and her spider dance. There are times of unrest. The Great Meeting of Diggers, The Red Ribbon Rebellion and Eureka - the diggings saw the birth of the Australian character of mateship, hardship, seperation from loved ones, triumph over adversity, and for many, riches beyond their wildest dreams. Gold led to the economic boom times in Australia and saw Melbourne become the wealthiest city in the world. After his two earlier books on gold, this greatly expanded edition by Hocking, with its lively prose and over 300 illustrations provide us with a most outstanding and beautiful resource for anyone with an interest in early Australian history and the magic of gold.