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Transcripts: Goldfields and other mining

Use this research guide to delve into transcripts of handwritten documents on a variety of topics. More transcripts are linked to relevant records in our catalogue.

Goldfields and other mining

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D 4120/1

George Stuart Lindsay

Diary kept while prospecting in the Coolgardie district, Western Australia 1886

D 4120/2

George Stuart Lindsay

Diary describing a survey expedition to the Barkly Tableland, Northern Territory, and on the Coolgardie goldfields 1893

D 3787

Charles Holmes

Diary of an overland journey from Angaston via the Murray and Lodden Rivers to the Victorian gold fields, together with another diary of a visit to the south-eastern districts of South Australia in the interests of the Primitive Methodist Church 1852-70

D 2631


Diary of stores clerk at Tungkillo Mine 1850

D 6976

Henry Dudley Melville

Five volumes of reminiscences 1840-77.  Volume 2 describes his trip to the Victorian goldfields in 1852. Volume 4 is written as Chief Warden on the Northern Territory goldfields 1873. There are also references to gold in volumes 1, 3 and 5. 

D 7341

John Thomas Martin Le Sauvage

Diary of a prospector covering the Alice Springs region and northwards. Diary sketches include maps of his exploration routes and views of various places including Chambers Pillar and Ruby Gap. August-December 1888.

D 7345

John Halliday

Reminiscences dated 1908 on his reason for emigrating in 1849; his work during his early days in SA; his time at the Victorian goldfields and the formation of the first gold escort ; his career as a market gardener on Mount Lofty and success at agricultural shows; and his return visit to England circa 1902

D 7776

Stephen Richards

Journal of voyage to South Australia on the Pakenham 1848-49, and subsequent experiences in Adelaide and the Burra Burra copper mines 1849.

D 8001

Hermann Koeppen

Romantic letters (translated from Old High German) written by young German immigrant Koeppen who arrives in Adelaide in 1851 and falls in love with Johanna Maria Caroline Ohlmeyer. In order to satisfy her family that he can support her, he travels to the Victorian goldfields, and after modest success, returns to Adelaide and they marry 1851-65

D 8092

William Barnet and family

Letter 1852