Gold Rush

  • # 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 …

  • # 15881

    FAIRFAX, William

    Handbook to Australasia;

    being a brief historical and descriptive account of Victoria,Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia and New Zealand. With a map of the Australasian colonies. Melbourne : William Fairfax and Co., 1859. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth by Detmold, binder’s ticket to front pastedown, spine with loss, advertisements to endpapers and bookplate for Rev. William McClure, …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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, …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 3339

    LOVIOT, Fanny Mme.

    [MARITIME; CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH] De chinesiske sjöröfvarne: Reseminnen.

    Öfvers. från franskan af M.Wester. Gefle [Gavle], Sweden : Hjalmar  Ewerlöf, [1865]. Octavo, contemporary half morocco over pebbled red cloth (lightly rubbed, corners bumped), spine with gilt ornament and lettering (head with small amount of loss), original owner's inscription to free-endpaper dated 1865, [4], 126 pp, a good copy. Text in Swedish. Swedish translation of …

  • # 1730

    PECH, Émile

    [CHILDREN’S] Un oncle d’Australie

    Paris : Ancienne Libraire Furne, Boivin &​ Cie, 3 & 5 rue Palatine, [c 1890]. Quarto, pictorial gilt red cloth (rubbed), spine with gilt decoration (faded, tail bumped), all edges gilt, 286 pp, illustrated with 73 gravures in the text. A very good copy. A French children's story in which much of the story is …

  • # 1729

    PECH, Émile

    [CHILDREN’S] Un oncle d’Australie

    Paris : Ancienne Libraire Furne, Boivin &​ Cie, 3 & 5 rue Palatine, [c 1890]. Quarto, gilt decorated green cloth, spine with gilt decoration (faded, short split at tail, joints weakened), 286 pp, illustrated with 73 gravures in the text. A fair copy. A French children’s story in which much of the story is set …

  • # 1342

    HUE, Fernand

    [CHILDREN’S] Aventures de deux Franca̧is et d’un chien en Australie

    Paris : Lecène, Oudin et Cie, Éditeurs, 1892. “Nouvelle Édition.” Octavo, red cloth with gilt embossed armorial crest of the Ville de Paris, spine (a little tender) with gilt lettering, 142 pp (occasional spotting), illustrated; a good copy. Text in French. Muir 3655. An adventure story set on the Victorian goldfields.

  • # 1728

    PECH, Émile

    [CHILDREN’S] Un oncle d’Australie

    Paris : Ancienne Librairie Furne, Combet &​ Cie, 5 rue Palatine, [c1895]. Quarto, quarter red calf over red pebbled cloth, stamped gilt 'Lycee Condorcet, Universite de France', spine with raised bands gilt lettering and decoration (worn at head and tail), marbled endpapers, 286 pp, [18] leaves of plates, 73 gravures in the text. A very …

  • # 13550

    JONES, Percy (music); GILMORE, Mary; DENNIS, C.J.; BRADY, E.J.; DEVANEY, James

    [SHEET MUSIC] Men of Eureka and other Australian songs :

    Verses by Mary Gilmore, E.J. Brady, C.J. Dennis, James Devaney. Music by Percy Jones. Melbourne, Adelaide, Bendigo : Allan & Co., [1954]. “Imperial edition no. 722.” Folio, publisher's printed wrappers, collector's bookplate; 19 pp music notation; arrangements for voice and piano; contains the songs “Men of Eureka”, “The Traveller”, “The Bunyip” and “Sea shanty”; a …