The gold rush began just over 60 years after Europeans arrived to Australia, but how did this decade transform the cultural, political, environmental, and economic threads of the nation? Ronan takes viewers through the construction of ‘10-mile towns’ which lead to the expansion of settlements throughout the country, the new wealth experienced in communities, as well as changes made to the natural landscape and the impacts on Indigenous connection to land and use of resources. Also explained is the birth of multiculturalism – including how the racism experienced at the goldfields enabled the White Australia Policy, as well as the birth of democracy in our parliament as a result of the Eureka Stockade.
Production Year: 2019
Duration: 6 min
Series: Miniclips: The Gold Rush
Printable Resources: Yes
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