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In the spring of 1858 ten or twelve thousand Victorians went by sea to the Tropic
of Capricorn, to a goldfield known variously as Canoona, Port Curtis, Fitzroy,
Rockhampton, and more blasphemous names. Forty ships left Sydney with
On windy days the strong slow singing could be heard far from that stone-walled
graveyard where Methuselah Tregonning and Ephraim Major lay with a thousand
Cornish dead. Broken Hill has long had unjustified reputation as the wildest city ...
On the chosen day several thousand men crowded the fence to await the signal
from the warden on his white horse, and at the drop of his handkerchief they
swarmed in to hammer pegs and dig a grid of trenches to mark their claims.
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