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Trove of Gold Rush artifacts found in Australia

More than a thousand gold rush artifacts have been found in an old sewerage pipe in Victoria, Australia.

When an old sewerage pipe near the centre of Ballarat needed replacing last year, archaeologists were called in for what was expected to be a routine dig of the surrounds.

But what they uncovered surprised and delighted heritage experts – a trove of more than a thousand gold rush artefacts, many once belonging to members of Ballarat’s mid-19th century Chinese community. As well as European pottery and bottles, they found medicine vials stamped with Chinese characters, intact fig jars, coins, tokens and imported Chinese porcelain.

”It would be not unexpected to find some sort of deposit, but nothing like the scale of what was found,” says Jeremy Smith, senior archaeologist at Heritage Victoria.

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2 thoughts on “Trove of Gold Rush artifacts found in Australia

  1. It only goes to show how important the blanket protection granted to historic sites under Victoria’s heritage laws is.

    Of course Royal Exhibition Building, the former Pentridge Prison and the site of Ned Kelly’s activities at Glenrowan are celebrity sites and will be protected.

    But other places are less sexy and need to be examined carefully. National Trust property in Winchelsea is a great example. I am afraid not too many people care terribly about the remains of a Victorian-era garden.

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