Gold discoveries in Australia, Timeline

George Rehder

Gold! History of discovery The first gold rush in Australia began in May 1851 after prospector Edward Hargraves claimed to have discovered payable gold near Orange, at a site he called Ophir. Hargraves had been to the Californian goldfields and had learned new gold prospecting techniques such as panning and […]

My first Marriage.

George Rehder

Yeh, I remember some of it. You might say it was doomed from the start. We were both the same age, 19 years old; she was 2 months younger than me. We first met  in a milk bar in Wood St  Mackay, North Queensland. Her name was Merle, she hated […]

Monica & I

George Rehder

Monica and I This Story starts in Bucasia near Mackay, Queensland. I own 5 acres of land here and it goes right down to the Beach. On it is a 2 story house made from corrugated Iron. Here I live with my girlfriend Monica. We met 3 months ago in […]

Fremantle Prison – factsheet

George Rehder

Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2005 Fremantle Prison is one of Australia’s most important convict sites. Still intact today, it was built by convicts, for convicts and continuously used as a prison until 1991. This striking landmark sits on a small hill not far from the Indian Ocean and […]

Australian Mining History

George Rehder

Mining in Australia probably started with the arrival of Aborigines some 40,000 years ago when they fossicked for stones suitable for tools and weapons, and dug for ochre which they used for decorative use. “Modern” Australian mining followed the arrival of European settlers on the eastern seaboard in 1788, with […]

Hanged in Western Australia!

George Rehder

25 October1883 Maroney, John (age: 42 / White) Watkins, William (age: 44 / White) – Western Australia – Perth murder – victim: James Watson – committed on 1 May 1883 – sentenced on 6 October 1883 John Maroney and William Watkins (alias Mathuis or Mathews), both Bond men, were sandalwood […]

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