School of Arts

Joan Hunt

CRCAH doctoral candidate Hunt

Mining a rich lode: the making of the Springdallah deep-lead goldfield communities


This thesis identifies and explores the functional, social and economic nature of a network of nine settlements at Springdallah (between Linton and Cape Clear), representative of Victorian deep lead goldfield communities at their peak in the 1860s and 70s. Using a combination of prosopography, family reconstitution, and documentary interpretation based on birth and death certificates, vaccination, school, burial and church records, land selection files held at the Public Record Office Victoria, historical maps and mining reports in newspapers and specialised publications, coroner's inquests, etc., the research phase of this project has now been completed. Currently the thesis chapters are being written, and conclusions discussed.

Publications and research presentations

"Is it really worth it? Experiences of a working miner on a Victorian deep-lead goldfield in the 1860s" to be presented at the annual conference of the Australasian Mining History Association in Darwin, June 2015

"The Scots at Springdallah", Provenance, issue no. 13, 2014 (co-authored with Dr Jan Croggon)

"The Springdallah goldfields: a theoretical perspective," presented at the Federation University Australia Research Conference, November 2014

"The Scots at Springdallah," presented at a symposium of the Ballarat Art Gallery in May 2014 as part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival

"Piggoreet: a township built on gold", Provenance, issue no. 12, 2013

"The discovery of the Springdallah goldfields", presented at the Australasian Mining History Association conference at Beechworth, Victoria, October 2013