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JCF Johnson’s, Euchre in the bush, circa 1867, depicts a card game in a hut on the Victorian goldfields in the 1860s. Oil on canvas mounted on board, 42.0 x 60.2 cm. Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ballarat

How gold rushes helped make the modern world

The discovery of gold in California 170 years ago was a turning point in global history. The gold rushes are not mere historic footnotes – they continue to influence the world in which we live today.
Miners in several countries have suffered the side-effects of the gold bonanza. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Silicosis’s toxic legacy offers deadly lessons for today

Canada rushed to counter a deadly lung disease afflicting gold miners in the early 20th century. The "quick fix" cure that was invented is a symbol of the lurch towards global industrialization.
Gold Rush garbage. S.Hayes. Artefact is part of Heritage Victoria's collection.

Gold Rush Victoria was as wasteful as we are today

What we buy has defined who we are since the Gold Rush. In the 1850s and 1860s, people communicated their social status by buying stuff - dinner sets, junk jewellery - and throwing their old things away.

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