S. T. Gill, 34. Iron Bark Eagle Hawk, in Original Sketches, 1844-1866.
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Mould, dodging mine shafts, sleeping in beds of dried leaves: Mary Anne Allen’s diary offers a fascinating glimpse of family life on the goldfields in 1852.
An unknown portrait of Lola Montez as a young woman.
Private Collection Print
The early goldrush was a topsy-turvy time for rebellious women, such as the globetrotting dancer Lola Montez. An exhibition showcasing goldfields jewellery spotlights this era when penniless immigrants could dress like queens.
Legalising the small-scale and artisanal mining sector may unlock entrepreneurship opportunities.
Informal mining and invasive illegal mining have the same illegal status under law in South Africa. But is all informal mining the same? And should it all be deemed illegal?
An x-ray image of a miner’s lungs.
For thousands of miners who have developed silicosis from years of work on South Africa’s gold mines, a landmark court case will change their lives.