It’s February 1869 and two Cornish prospectors are digging in the gold fields of Victoria, Australia. They then stumble across something so unexpected that neither men could have believed their luck. Indeed, what they unearthed would have an indelible mark on history to this day.
Victoria is the second most-populated state in Australia, but in the mid-19th century it had more in common with the American Wild West than anywhere else. That’s because the country had its very own gold rush. And the promise of glittering riches brought people from all over the world to the middle of the nascent colony.
The Australian gold rush was kicked off after a prospector discovered specks of gold near Bathurst in New South Wales in February 1851. Soon after more of the yellow stuff was found in Victoria, and before long money began pouring in, helping the country’s gold fields prosper.