Ballarat Geology Talk May 2018: Victoria’s goldrushes: a long run perspective

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Date(s) - 17/05/2018
7:30 pm

The Mallow


May is ‘heritage month’ in Ballarat. So this month talk is:

Victoria’s goldrushes: a long run perspective

Keir Reeves, Professor CRCAH, Federation University

Thursday 17 May, 7:30pm,
Mallow Hotel, 20 Skipton Street, Ballarat – upstairs



Edward Hammond Hargraves, the “forty-niner”, discovered gold at Ophir in New South Wales in 1851. Later that year large volumes of gold was discovered in the newly formed state of Victoria. The Victorian gold discoveries triggered another stage of global gold seeking and in the process prompted one of the great migrations of the century. In a sense the strikes led to the “peopleing” (to use Jamie Belich’s term) of South Eastern Australia and the emergence of one of the wealthiest societies in the world of the time. This talk discusses the rushes and the development of regional Victoria from 1851 onwards. It also informally considers the long-term historical significance of the mineral extraction industry and how it can be understood in the context of the more recent longest mining boom in Australian history.



Professor Keir Reeves holds a Chair in Australian History and is the Foundation Director of the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) at SMB Campus at Federation University Australia. He worked at Monash University as a Senior Research Fellow and prior to that at the University of Melbourne in the former Department of History as a Lecturer in public history and heritage and also as an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2013 he was a Visiting Fellow (now Life Fellow) at Clare Hall Cambridge and a Visiting Researcher at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research where he worked with the Cambridge Heritage Research Group in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. Keir has been a Senior Rydon Fellow and Bicentennial Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London. He is the current historian member on the Public Records Advisory Council (PRAC) for the Public Records Office of Victoria (PROV).



It’s free entry. All welcome. Cash bar and meals available.



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