The Australian Gold Rush - Test Your Knowledge

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The Australian Gold Rush - Test Your Knowledge

How did you find your gold rush journey? Let's test your knowledge and find out.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    During 1854 is the only time that gold was found in Australia?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Even though gold was first found in 1823 in Australia what was the official year that the gold rush started?
    • A. 

      1851

    • B. 

      1849

    • C. 

      1855

    • D. 

      1852

  • 3. 
    Hargraves claimed to find gold in 1851 at what place?
    • A. 

      Ballarat

    • B. 

      Bendigo

    • C. 

      Bathurst

    • D. 

      Lithgow

  • 4. 
        Name the type of  mining equipment these miners are holding
    • A. 

      Gold pot

    • B. 

      Gold pan

    • C. 

      Gold saucepan

    • D. 

      Gold dish

  • 5. 
    Name this piece of gold mining equipment.
    • A. 

      Washer

    • B. 

      Bucket

    • C. 

      Stamper mill

    • D. 

      Cradle

  • 6. 
    This picture shows miners looking for gold that was found on the surface or just under the ground. What type of gold are they looking for?
    • A. 

      Shallow gold

    • B. 

      Surface gold

    • C. 

      Alluvial gold

    • D. 

      Deep gold

  • 7. 
    When the surface gold ran out, miners had to dig into the ground. What type of mining was this called?
    • A. 

      Hole mining

    • B. 

      Shaft deep lead mining

    • C. 

      Tunnel mining

    • D. 

      Deep deep mining

  • 8. 
    Year Population of Melbourne (excludes indigenous) 1835 - 0 1840 - 10,000 1851 - 29,000 1854 - 123,000 Explain the dramatic increase in the population of Melbourne.
    • A. 

      Government giving away free housing

    • B. 

      Melbourne was found to have a better climate

    • C. 

      The Victorian Gold Rush

    • D. 

      The New South Wales Gold Rush was over

  • 9. 
    Select the food and drink a miner would have taken to the gold fields.
    • A. 

      Roast lamb, coffee and bread

    • B. 

      Boiled meat, beer and rice

    • C. 

      Mutton, tea and flour

    • D. 

      Canned meat, vegetables and tea

  • 10. 
    What did the Victorian Government do to try and entice people back into the colony?
    • A. 

      Nothing, they didn't care

    • B. 

      Put up boarder patrol and wouldn't let people pass through it to NSW

    • C. 

      Asked for more convicts to be bought to Victoria to increase the population

    • D. 

      Offered a reward for anyone who found gold within 200 miles of Melbourne.

  • 11. 
    Why did they stop transporting convicts to the East coast of Australia during the Gold Rush?
    • A. 

      England had room to keep the convicts there instead

    • B. 

      Officials didn't want to give convicts a 'free pass' to a gold rich country

    • C. 

      It was decided that the journey was too long to get to Australia

    • D. 

      They were sent to New Zealand instead

  • 12. 
    Young was where the worst anti-Chinese riots took place during 1861. At the time the area was known as Uralla, true or false? 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
     This battle of rebellion took place on December 3 1854. Name it.
    • A. 

      Stockade

    • B. 

      Miner's Rebellion Battle

    • C. 

      Eureka Stockade

    • D. 

      Ballarat's Battle

  • 14. 
    Select three issues that caused tension amongst the miners that lead to the Eureka Stockade Battle.
    • A. 

      Not enough beer, too many chinese miners and the miner's licence

    • B. 

      Corrupt officials, miner's licence and no voting rights

    • C. 

      Corrupt officials, government not listening and no schools

    • D. 

      Too many chinese miners, bush rangers and brawls

  • 15. 
    The name of the man elected to lead the Eureka Stockade miners was Peter  _________.
  • 16. 
    Explain what happened to Peter Lalor after the Eureka Battle.
  • 17. 
    After the Eureka Stockade many changes were introduced by the Victorian Government, write down two changes. 1. 2.
  • 18. 
    What were some of the roles played by the Indigenous Australian's during the gold rush?
  • 19. 
    List some of the effects the gold rush had on the Aboriginal communities of Australia. 
  • 20. 
    What do you think it was like for the Aboriginal people living in Australia during the Gold Rush? 
  • 21. 
    The biggest robbery in Australian bushranging history took place in Eugowra. Who lead the operation?
  • 22. 
    List out 4 ideas that explain what life was like on the Gold Fields during the Australian Gold Rush of the 1850's.   1. 2. 3. 4.
  • 23. 
    Reflect on the following statements and answer one: 1. How would things have been different if officials hadn't hushed up the first gold findings in 1823?  2. What do you think would have happened if all of the diggers stayed behind to guard the stockade at Eureka rather than retire to their beds the night before the dawn raid?  3. Why do you think the Kelly gang built their infamous armour? 4. If you lived during the gold rush what do you think you would have done, would you have gone to the goldfields, turned to bushranging, opened a business on the fields or something else? Explain why. 
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