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Thursday, January 15, 2009

GOLD DIGGER WITH A DIFFERENCE

This gold digger actually panned for gold in mid-19th century Australia:

“If you have visions of a middle-aged parasol-bearing lady smiling sweetly from her carriage as she tours Bendigo, think again. In 1852, 20 year old clergyman’s daughter Ellen and her brother boarded ship for Melbourne, then set off to walk to Bendigo. Dressed in her blue serge skirt which doubled as nightwear, she camped under a tent made of blankets, had mutton, damper and tea most meals and on arrival lent her hand to gold washing. And seemed to enjoy it !”

Project Gutenberg ebook of A Lady’s Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia in 1852-53 by Ellen Clacy:

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