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Of the colony's 190,000 people possibly no more than 6,000 were on the
diggings on any one day in the winter of 1851; of the colony's workforce perhaps
not more than one in twenty was on the diggings. Nevertheless, that wise civil
Adelaide sent shiploads of flour and wheat to Melbourne to feed the diggers,
exchanging loaves for gold but still envying the colony across the desert. At last it
called for the soothsayer, and Edward Hammond Hargraves swaggered into ...
Before 1880 Australian mining investors rarely bought shares in mines outside
their own district or colony. In the 1880s the scope for investing in new mines
within two hundred miles of Melbourne, Adelaide or Sydney was narrowing, ...
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