Historical Characters

View a collection of old photos from the Australian Gold Rush Days - people, places & history. Catch up with Bushrangers like the Clarke Brothers and more. Discover who was the first man to find gold on the Araluen goldfields.
Chinese Workers On The Australian Goldfields

The Chinese people who immigrated to Australia to live and work on the goldfields were hard workers who were often discriminated against. It would have been very hard to be a non-english speaking gold miner.

Learn more about the Chinese people living in the Gold Rush days - the hardships, racial prejudice and Chinese communities - follow the links below.

Historical Character - Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, longest reigning monarch of the British Empire.

Historical - Nelligen Prison Tree of 1862

A trip to Nelligen from the Original Gold Rush Colony at Mogo by Car or  up the Clyde River from Batemans Bay  by boat, is not complete until you have imagined yourself shackled to the Prison Tree used as a holding cell for the Clarke Brothers Bush  Rangers.

Historical - Nerrigundah Monument

In memory of Constable Miles O'Grady who in 1861 got up from his sick bed to do battle with the Notorious Clarke Brothers Bushrangers when they attempted to rob the  proceeds of the rich  Araluen, Gulph Creek Goldfields from the people of Nerrigundah NSW.

Historical -  Wrist Shackles

Bracelets were clipped around each wrist, then padlocked together through the chain links. To keep the prisoner in place, the padlock would be on the far side of a pole or beam, away from the felon.

Historical - Alexander Waddell

Alexander Waddell is the great great Grandfather of the Manager of the Original Gold Rush Colony of Mogo, Georgina Jackson.

Historical - The Honour Flag

The Honour Flag was created in 1918. Towns and districts in Australia which subscribed twice their quota of funds to the Commonwealth Government's Seventh War Loan in 1918 were presented with the Honour Flag with three blue bars and a star. This flag was donated to the Original Gold Rush Colony by Allan Jackson during his tenure.

Historical - Bushranger Brothers  Thomas and John Clarke

The Clarke Brothers marauded through the Geographical triangle from Braidwood to Bega, and what is now Batemans Bay. They have been called "The Bloodiest Bush Rangers". This picture was taken after they had been caught and were held in Braidwood Jail.

Historical - Nelligen's Prison Tree

Can you imagine being shackled to this Prison Tree, awaiting the Steam-packet to take you north to Sydney, where you were to be tried. The Clarke Brothers Bushrangers had such a fate. Take a trip to Nelligen on the Clyde River, from The Original Gold Rush Colony, to read the story and see for yourself.

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