Gold Rush

  • # 17122

    GORDON, Joseph

    The emigrant barque : with some traits of Australian life and culture, in prose and verse

    Edinburgh : Maclachlan & Stewart, 1871. Octavo, half-calf, cloth covered boards with decoration in blind (rubbed), bookplates on front pastedown and endpaper, pp. 398. With descriptions of the Bathurst gold fields.

  • # 17035

    POLEHAMPTON, Arthur, Rev.

    Kangaroo land

    London : Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1862. First edition. Octavo, blind blocked purple cloth boards, gilt lettering to spine (sunned), recent bookplate to front pastedown, free-endpaper with gift inscription dated 1866; lithographed frontispiece (tissue guard intact), title with vignette illustration, pp 269; front hinge cracked, else a good, clean copy. The account of a …

  • # 17241


    Holidaymakers among the wildflowers at Goongarrie, Western Australian goldfields, circa 1900

    Two stereographic albumen print photographs, each individual image approximately 80 x 70 mm, on cream-coloured card mounts 88 x 180 mm, imprinted ‘Photographed and published by Craig and Solin, Fremantle and Kalgoorlie / Australasian Stereoscopic Views, W.A. Series’; the left-hand prints have handwritten captions in the negative, Among the flowers at Goongarrie and Among the flowers …

  • # 17212

    WHITE, Charles; ADAMSON, Bartlett (editor)

    Ben Hall : also Mudgee Mail Robbery, Daniel Morgan, “Thunderbolt” (Frederick Ward)

    Sydney : Marchant & Co. (distributed by N.S.W. Bookstall Limited), [1921]. Series: History of Australian Bushranging by Charles White. Octavo, illustrated pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper with pale foxing), staple bound, 64 pp; mild foxing to the outer leaves, but a very good copy.

  • # 17176

    FLETT, James

    Maryborough, Victoria : goldfields history

    Glen Waverley, Vic. : The Poppet Head Press, 1975. First edition. Large octavo, publisher’s silver lettered navy cloth boards in illustrated dust jacket (a little rubbed), endpaper maps, pp vii, 120, numerous black-and-white illustrations; a fine copy.

  • # 16879

    LA CARRIERES, A.-C. de

    [GOLD RUSH] Voyage aux pays aurifères : Afrique, Mexique, Californie, Pérou, Chili, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Australie, Russie.

    Illustré de 12 gravures à deux teintes et d’un très-grand nombre de vignettes sur bois par J. B. Arnout père. Paris : A. Courcher, [1855]. Octavo, original quarter morocco over blind blocked pebbled cloth boards (stained, upper board a little bowed), spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and ornament (rubbed), all edges gilt, silk lining …

  • # 17421

    Victoria : the first century. A historical survey.

    Compiled by the Historical Sum-Committee of the Centenary Celebrations Council. Melbourne : Robertson & Mullens, 1934. Octavo, gilt-letterred cloth in torn dustjacket, pp. 462, illustrated.

  • # 17091

    MACDONALD, Alexander

    The hidden nugget : a story of the Australian goldfields

    London : Blackie and Son Limited, 1910. First edition. Thick octavo, original pictorial blue cloth with gilt lettering on upper board and spine, olivine edges, grey endpapers, first blank with pencilled gift inscription dated Xmas 1909 (predating publication date!), pp 284, [16] publisher’s advertisements, illustrated with 7 monochrome plates; occasional light foxing, but a fine …

  • # 17102

    HOWITT, William (1792-1879)

    A boy’s adventures in the wilds of Australia: or, Herbert’s note-book

    London, Glasgow and New York : George Routledge & Sons, n.d. [between 1870 and 1880?]. Octavo, pictorial cloth blocked in two colours and lettered in gilt (boards rubbed, slight edge wear, spine a little softened at head and tail), front pastedown with later ex libris, free-endpaper with school prize inscription dated 1888 and inscription to …

  • # 17143

    SMITH, A.V.

    Photographic portrait of a young man, Ballarat, 1869

    Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, 103 x 63 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘A.V. Smith, Photographic Artist, 29, Sturt Street, Ballarat’; the albumen print with a few toning spots, otherwise very good; the mount fine.

  • # 17137


    Photographic portrait of Rev. John Downes, Presbyterian minister, Ballarat, late 1860s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 63 mm; verso with imprint of ‘Solomon and Bardwell, Photographers, Ballarat’, and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Rev. John Downes, First Minister of the charge / Rev. H.H. Donaldson, Present Minister of the charge’; the albumen print and mount in good condition, with a few light toning spots.

  • # 17071

    GILL, S. T.

    The Australian sketch-book

    Melbourne : Lansdowne Press, 1974. Oblong folio, gilt-lettered cloth in slipcase (scuffed), pp. [viii]; 25 colour plates reproducing Gill’s work first published in 1864.

  • # 15970


    [BROADSIDE] Lively flea. / Australia our home.

    A rare broadside with a ballad about the Victorian gold diggings. [s.l. : s.n., circa 1855]. Single lithographed sheet, printed on thin paper, 255 x 190 mm, containing two anonymous ballads, each presented in a single column separated by a vertical divider; in the left column a humorous verse titled ‘Lively Flea’ (a parody of …

  • # 16487


    Her Majesty’s territories : stereographic views of Australian sceneries

    Bendigo : Bendigo Art Gallery, 2013. Oblong octavo, decorative wrappers, 135 pp, mostly full-page colour photographic illustrations of J.H. Jones’ wonderful stereoviews of the Victorian goldfields region, Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula, taken in the 1860s; essay by curator, Alva Maguire; an as new copy of this fine catalogue produced for the Bendigo Art Gallery’s exhibition …

  • # 16336

    [READE, Charles 1814-1884]

    [GOLD RUSH] Never too late to mend!

    Part Ist. The Grove Farm, at Farnborough … The Emigrant. Part 2 Mr Merton’s Cottage. Part 3. The Log Hut in Australia … Tom Robinson, a Ticket-of-Leave man … Black Jem and Red Ned, Bushrangers … The Inundation in the Wilds of Australia and the Discovery of Gold … Part 4. Bar Parlour, at the …

  • # 16319

    [GILL, S.T.]

    The Melbourne Rose. Part II.

    London : Joseph, Myers & Co., 1862 (printed in Hamburg by C. Adler’s Printing Establishment). Chromolithographed and engraved folding card in the shape of a rose, in the original gilt-printed envelope honouring Burke and Wills; fine. A significant and very rare Melbourne publication of the gold rush era, with engravings after those of S.T. Gill …

  • # 16464

    HEYWOOD, B. A.

    A vacation tour at the Antipodes, through Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, and New Zealand, in 1861-1862.

    London : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. Octavo, original blind blocked red cloth (discoloured and stained), spine lettered in gilt (faded, softened at head and tail, splitting along seam), front pastedown with later ex libris, engraved frontispiece, pp. viii, 251; 2 folding maps, 7 plates; edges uncut; internally clean. “As I was recommended …

  • # 15767

    McCULLOCH, Alan

    Artists of the Australian gold rush

    Melbourne : Lansdowne Editions, 1977. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. xiii; 214, illustrated. A well researched and scholarly reference.

  • # 15985


    Trade card with map of Australia and illustrated cartouches, 1889

    New York : Arbuckle Bros., [copyright 1889]. Trade card, 68 x 138 mm, recto with chromolithographed design incorporating map of australia and images of kangaroo, black swan, gold miner and sheep; verso with information about Arbuckle Bros’ coffee; in very good condition. The map lists some places which today may seem obscure, but which around …

  • # 15975

    Gympie Agricultural, Mining and Pastoral Society

    [QUEENSLAND; GOLD MINING] Gympie Agricultural, Mining and Pastoral Society. Exhibition held at Gympie, 1894. First Prize.

    Section 12, Class 450, No. 1028. Awarded to B.H. Bennetts for Ores in all their rarity … [Gympie] : Gympie Miner, 1894. Lithograph printed card with decorative border, 72 x 115 mm; entries in manuscript; in very good condition. The prize awardee was manager of the Wilmot Gold Mine at Gympie.

  • # 15897

    MUNDY, Godfrey Charles

    Our antipodes : or, residence and rambles in the Australasian colonies. With a glimpse of the gold fields.

    Third edition, complete in one volume. London : Richard Bentley, 1855. Octavo, gilt-decorated crushed morocco (edges rubbed), all edges gilt, presentation inscription to preliminary blank ‘Henry Bruce from his sincere friend Edward R. M. Baskerville on his leaving Eton, Election 1859’, tinted lithograph frontispiece, pp. [viii]; 637; seven further tinted lithographs, a very good copy.

  • # 16026

    STOPPS, A.J. (lithographer); ACKLEY & ROCHLITZ, photographers; BLUNDELL, James J. (publisher)

    [GOLD RUSH] Camp Buildings, Beechworth

    [Melbourne] : James J. Blundell, [c.1856]. Illustrated letter paper, sheet 250 x 200 mm (folded in half), first side with lithographed image in black ink 125 x 200 mm (irregular), in the image lower left ‘On stone by A.J. Stopps, from a daguerreotype by Acley (sic) & Rochletz (sic)’ and lower right ‘Pubd. by James J. …

  • # 16007

    PETERMANN, August (1822-1878)

    [GOLD RUSH] Géographie et statistique de la colonie de Victoria, dans l’Australie méridionale.

    pp 147-159 in: Nouvelles Annales des Voyages, de la Géographie, de l’Histoire et de l’Archéologie. 6e. séries, 2e. année, Novembre 1856. Paris : Arthus Bertrand, 1856. Octavo, original printed wrappers; pp 129-256, folding map of Australia Felix by Malte-Brun (with offsetting); pages mostly uncut; scattered foxing, a good copy. Translated into French from the German of …

  • # 15695

    Photographer unknown.

    Gold digger and Aborigine, Port Darwin, September 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 67 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with a contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Costume of the diggers in P.D. All the gentlemen dress just like they do in Melbourne. Mr. Solomon’, and dated in pencil in the same hand ‘September 19th 1875’; the albumen print has lost some contrast …

  • # 15370

    Tulloch & Brown’s map of the Colony of Victoria :

    comprising part of New South Wales, the boundaries, counties, also seaport & inland townships, the gold fields with the latest discoveries, roads, tracks, &c. &c. Compiled from drawings in the Survey Office and correctly revised till 1857. Melbourne : Tulloch & Brown, 1857. Engraved map with original hand colouring (foxed), 550 x 860 mm, laid …

  • # 15236

    GROSSE, Frederick, 1828-1894 (illustrator); SLATER, George (publisher)

    The News Letter of Australasia; or Narrative of events: a Letter to send to friends. Number XIII. July, 1857.

    Melbourne : George Slater, Publisher, 94 Bourke Street East, 1857. Bifolium, 260 x 205 mm, cover sheet and [2] blank sides, printed on thin writing paper, wood engraving by Frederick Grosse titled ‘View on the Yarra. – Hodgson’s Punt’, signed in the image at lower right; below the image 4 lines of letterpress describing the …

  • # 17213

    STRUTT, William (1825-1915); MACKANESS, George

    [GOLD RUSH] The Australian journal of William Strutt, A.R.A., 1850-1862

    / Edited, with an Introduction, Notes and Commentary by George Mackaness. Sydney : Privately printed, 1958. Edition limited to 135 sets, numbered and signed by the editor (this is set number 45). Series: Australian Historical Monographs, No. XXXVIII. Two parts, small quarto, stiff grey wrappers, pp. xiv, 42 ; [iv], 48, frontispiece to each part, plus …

  • # 17167

    GILL, Samuel Thomas (1818-1880); CANNON, Michael (ed.)

    The Victorian gold fields 1852-3 : an original album by S.T. Gill

    Melbourne : John Currey O’Neil, 1982. First edition. Square quarto, publisher’s gilt lettered green cloth boards in illustrated dust jacket, 100 pp, illustrated with full-page colour plates; a fine copy.

  • # 14664

    A visit to Australia and its gold regions

    London : Society for promoting Christian knowledge, 1856. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (browned), inscriptions to endpapers, folding map printed in colour, pp. 202, [4 – catalogue], illustrated. 

  • # 14171

    COOK, Eliza and RUSSELL, Henry

    The English Emigrant

    London, Musical Bouquet. Company, c. 1855. Folio, sheet music, 6 pp. disbound,  a couple of short edge tears, lithograph illustration on front panel (probably by Alfred Ashley) of the emigrant lamenting at his departure from home, insert illustrations of shearing a sheep and mining for gold in his new adopted country. Henry Russell (1812-1900) and …

  • # 14134


    Manuscript letter by John Gladstones, an early photographer on the Victorian goldfields, 1858

    Entire letter addressed to James H. Gladstones, care of Messrs. Jones Loyd & Co. 43 Lothbury, London, bearing 1/- light blue octagonal imperforate Queen's head, cancelled with barred numeral “4” and with circular handstamp SANDHURST VICTORIA DC 14 58 in black; transit mark of MELBOURNE OC 16 58, and endorsed 'Per “Columbian” via Marseilles'; arrival …

  • # 12178

    GREAT BRITAIN. COLONIAL OFFICE. [ARROWSMITH, John, 1790-1873]; [GIPPS, George Sir, 1791-1847]

    [STRZELECKI] Return to an address of the Honorable the House of Commons, dated 26 February 1841

    : for, copy of a despatch from Sir G. Gipps, Governor of New South Wales, to the Secretary of State for the colonies, transmitting a report of the progressive discovery and occupation of that colony during the period of his administration of the government. [London] : Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, …

  • # 12833

    TURNER, Edward (1836-1913)

    The Melbourne Exhibition Building. N. W. angle 1856

    Pencil drawing on watercolour wash background, 176 x 248 mm (oval), titled in pencil lower centre, mounted on a backing card. Evidently a contemporary copy of the lithograph by S. T. Gill ‘The Melbourne Exhibition Buildings, N. W. angle, 1854’, lithographed by Campbell & Fergusson and published in 1856 by James J. Blundell & Co. …

  • # 13940

    RICHARDS, Thomas

    New South Wales in 1881 :

    Being a brief statistical and descriptive account of the colony up to the end of the year, extracted chiefly from official records. Sydney : Thomas Richards, 1882. Second issue. Octavo, printed blue wrappers (chipped), pp. v; 144; 19 (advertisements), folding tables and map. 

  • # 13922


    Social life and manners in Australia. Being the notes of eight years’ experience by a resident

    London : Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, 1861. Octavo, half-crushed morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, pp. ix; 209, bound with the half-title. A scarce account of the Victorian gold rush by an author whose identity is in doubt. Ferguson attributes authorship to Mrs Elizabeth Ramsay-Laye, while Wantrup favours Mrs A. C. White. A pencilled …

  • # 13844

    ULRICH, George H. F. (George Henry Frederick), 1830-1900

    Observations on the mode of occurrence and the treatment of auriferous, lead, and silver ores,

    at Schemnitz, Upper Hungary. Melbourne : John Ferres, Government printer, 1868. Octavo, original printed wrappers (light staining, lower wrapper chipped at top edge), stitched, pp 54, [3] folding plates; internally clean and sound. Ferguson, 17478.

  • # 13598

    Royal Commission for South Australia. Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition. [PIZEY, Septimus V.]

    [ADELAIDE EXHIBITION] One hundred and fifty pounds … Gold and silver mining saving appliances.

    At head of sheet: Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, 1887. Adelaide : Royal Commission for South Australia, 1887. Folio, single sheet folding to form [4] sides, printed on the first and third sides only; a good copy. An information leaflet advertising the prizes at the Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition for newly invented appliances capable of extracting gold from …

  • # 12518


    Surveyors’ pocket-book

    : articles and tables supplementing the information contained in the standard books on surveying. Sydney : Thomas Richards, Govt. Printer, 1886. Squarre duodecimo, original limp red morocco with gilt lettering to front (a little scuffed, small tear at front top edge and stain at tail of spine), inner covers lightly foxed, 62 pp, illustrated with [8] …

  • # 11337

    [MELBOURNE; GOLD]. Casella Illustrated Family Paper. Vol. I, No. 14. London, Saturday, April 1, 1854

    Folio, pp. 8, central fold. Includes the article 'Melbourne, Port Phillip', over two pages with four wood engravings, which detail the booming colonial city and the gold rush that funded it. 

  • # 12164



    [Germany] : s.n., [circa 1880]. Group of 18 embossed die-cut scraps (designed for use in a scrap album), from a series titled Australia, depicting scenes including gold diggers, squatters, Aborigines, and ships; maximum diameter 55 mm, all in good condition.

  • # 11927

    [JEAFFRESON, John Cordy, 1831-1901]; THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW.

    [GOLD RUSH] Not dead yet, or, The counterfeit. A tale of the times.

    [Glasgow] : Theatre-Royal, Glasgow, 1866. Playbill, single sheet (760 x 260 mm), lithograph printed on thin paper, advertising a performance at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow: This evening, Tuesday, 12th June, 1866, will be presented the highly successful new and romantic drama, written by David Fisher … entitled Not dead yet, or, The counterfeit : a …

  • # 8288

    Special correspondent of "Engineering".

    Mount Morgan : the field and machinery

    Rockhampton : [s.n.], 1892. Octavo, original printed green wrappers (lightly marked, upper wrapper with a few nicks, lower wrapper with tear at upper edge), 15 pp, paper browned, but a good copy. Ferguson, 9449.

  • # 10615

    Western Australia. Government Tourist Bureau

    Visit Western Australia’s world famed Golden Mile

    [Perth, W.A. : Government Tourist Bureau, 1928]. Small quarto, original stiff printed wrappers printed in black on gold paper, 23, [1] pp (designed to be folded into the covers), half tone photographic illustrations, Govt. printer's date of 1928 on the final page, some pale foxing to the outer leaves, otherwise a fine copy. An attractively …

  • # 9177

    MRS. QUONG TART [TART, Margaret]

    The life of Quong Tart ; or, how a foreigner succeeded in a British community.

    Sydney : W.M. Maclardy, 1911. Octavo, original blind blocked purple cloth boards with gilt lettering and design to upper board (rubbed), gilt lettered spine (sunned), loose errata slip, 99 pp, [18] leaves of plates, a very good copy. The extraordinary story of Mei Quong Tart (1850–1903), who arrived on the New South Wales goldfields from China …

  • # 5403


    Moving frontiers : an American theme and its application to Australian history [Presentation copy]

    [Carlton, Vic.] : Melbourne University Press, 1947. First edition. Octavo, red cloth (boards marked) in dustjacket (faded and lightly marked), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper 'R.G. Casey [diplomat and future Governor-General of Australia], with the writer's compliments, June '47', frontispiece portrait of American historian Frederick Jackson Turner, 48 pp, a good copy. …

  • # 5262

    MENSCH, G.

    [GOLD MINING] Die Goldgräber ; oder in den Goldminen und unter den Buschkleppern

    und Wilden Australiens : Natur- und Culturbilder aus dem fünften Weltheil. Leipzig : F.M. Gebhardt's Verlag, [1878?]. First edition. Octavo, publisher's pictorial boards (corners bumped) with red cloth spine, pp 276, [4] colour plates, scattered foxing, a sound copy. Text in German Fraktur. Based on the writer's experiences on the Central Victorian goldfields, with accounts …

  • # 5189

    MUNDY, Godfrey Charles (1804-1860)

    Our antipodes, or, Residence and rambles in the Australasian colonies : with a glimpse of the gold

    fields. London : Richard Bentley, 1852. First edition. Three volumes, octavo, original blue cloth, upper boards with stamped gilt design, spines with gilt lettering (sunned, heads and tails softened, short split to tail of first volume), pastedowns with bookplate of Johne Meade, Earsham Hall, pp 410, 405, 431, illustrated with lithographed plates, contents clean and …

  • # 4782

    DESLANDES, John (attributed)

    [GOLD RUSH] The Berlin Nugget

    Circa 1870, or earlier. Albumen print photograph with hand colouring in gold, carte de visite format, 82 x 50 mm (card mount 103 x 61 mm), recto with contemporary inscription in ink ‘the Berling Nugget 24 lb wiaght. Victoria‘, verso blank, the albumen print with some nicks to the left edge, some fading and scattered …

  • # 4168


    Promissory note for Hepburn and Leonard, stock agents, Ballarat, 1864.

    Ballaarat : Printed by W.M. Brown [for Hepburn and Leonard], manuscript date of 13th Sept., 1864. 100 x 210 mm, promising that Donald McKay will pay the company of Hepburn and Leonard the sum of Thirty-six pounds nineteen shillings [MS entry] for stock received, due on 16th October 1864 and payable at the London Chartered …

  • # 4109


    [GOLD RUSH] Welcome Nugget

    Chromolithographic advertising label, c 1860, for Welcome Nugget tobacco (350 x 170 mm), in fine condition, with imprint T.C. Williams Co. Manufacturers. Virginia, U.S.A. A gold miner with pick and shovel holds aloft an enormous gold nugget, and exclaims : Jack! look at this. A further printed caption lower right reads: As the Welcome Nugget, …