By: Karin Cox
Published: February 2013
By the mid 1800's, Australia (known as the Colony of New South Wales until 1824), had thrown off the shackles of its penal past and was becoming a prosperous place where clever businessmen and entrepreneurs could seek their fortunes.
However, the incident that most changed Australia's fortunes was the discover of gold in the 1850's.
This precious metal lured millions of diggers from around the world to the goldfields of the continent from 1851, most of whom stayed on in Australia whether they made their fortunes or not. As a result, Australia's population doubled in a decade.
This book was included in our February 2013 Primary Non-Fiction Standing Order selection.