Author(s): Doug Bradby; Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
In 1851, Ballarat was a tranquil and beautiful valley. By 1855, it had become the thriving centre of the world's largest alluvial goldfield. But how did such a feat occur when at the beginning, diggers had little or no knowledge of where to look for gold or how to extract it from the gravel and quartz?From finding specimens of gold at Poverty Point and Golden Point, to sinking 60-metre shafts through wet and dangerous earth, this book reveals the journey undertaken by the diggers as they mastered the complex Ballarat East goldfield in the exciting years of 1851-55. It was an astonishing intellectual and physical achievement.The diggers of Ballarat extracted an astonishing two million ounces of gold, and Ballarat would never be the same again.