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A Lady's Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia

Ellen Clacy

Book Overview: 

“If you have visions of a middle-aged parasol-bearing lady smiling sweetly from her carriage as she tours Bendigo think again. In 1852, 20 year old clergyman’s daughter Ellen and her brother boarded ship for Melbourne then set off to walk to Bendigo. Dressed in her blue serge skirt which doubled as nightwear, she camped under a tent made of blankets, had mutton, damper and tea most meals and on arrival lent her hand to gold washing. And seemed to enjoy it !
And amongst other things she tells of colonial life , transportation, emigration and other gold-fields.
But you will need to listen to hear more about bush-rangers and orphans as well as what she did with her parasol.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ed which, to my wearied limbs, appeared the softest and most luxuriant upon which I had slept since my arrival in the colonies.

FRIDAY, 10.—With some reluctance I aroused myself from a very heavy slumber produced by the over fatigue of the preceding day. I found every one preparing to start; kindly considerate, my companions thought a good sleep more refreshing for me than breakfast, and had deferred awakening me till quite obliged, so taking a few sailors' biscuits in my pocket to munch on the way, I bade farewell to a spot whose natural beauties I have never seen surpassed.

Proceeding onwards, we skirted the Bald Hill, and entering rather a scrubby tract, crossed a creek more awkward for our drays than dangerous to ourselves; we then passed two or three little coffee-shops, which being tents are always shifting their quarters, crossed another plain, very stony and in places swampy, which terminated in a thickly-wooded tract of gum and wa. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very interesting to read a well written primary account from the early days of the Victorian gold fields. I certainly recommend it for those with an historical interest in the region.

Very interesting read. It was great to hear about what Melbourne and Victoria were like all those years ago. Interesting to read about some of the author's adventures too.

I read this goldfields memoir for the week (15-21 January) dedicated to the first generation of Australian women writers hosted by Bill at The Australian Legend, but I’m not convinced that we can include Ellen Clacy amongst the honour roll of Australian writers, because she was English, and only her

This journal is a primary source about the Australian Gold Rush. I understand why so many characters in Victorian sensation novels go there now. However, the narration is duller than in some other pioneer accounts, such as Ezra Meeker's Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail.

I would love the opportunity to meet Ellen Clacy in person. Travelling to the Australian gold fields in 1851, the author displayed amazing pluck and optimism. She worked hard in a mans's world, yet never lost sight of her own femininity. In today's world of feminism, many women compete with men by e