The Colonial Goldfields: Visions & revisions

People digging in the ground Archaeologists excavating a hearth at Paradise. Reconstructed broken head of a china doll 'Bertha' the doll, found in excavations.Celebrate National Archaeology Week with a public talk exploring Queensland’s goldfields by Dr Kate Quirk. 

Uncover the myths and realities of Queensland goldfields life in the late 1800s. You’ll be amazed by what we’ve unearthed.

The colonial goldfields have traditionally been seen as something of a rollicking 'boy's own' adventure; wild, lawless and intensely masculine.  But is this really the case? Using detailed historical and archaeological evidence from Paradise, a late 19th century Queensland gold town, this talk considers what daily life was like on the goldfields. The picture that emerges is not so much of a rough and unruly settlement as it is of an orderly, family-centred community.

Find out more about Kate and other archaeologists in the National Archaeology Week web feature, Meet the Archaeologists.

Our Story Your Story

The Colonial Goldfields: Visions and revisions is a special presentation in the Our Story Your Story series, our new series of talks and discussions.

More Our Story Your Story talks. 

National Archaeology Week

Archaeology at the Museum is part of our program of events for National Archaeology Week, 16 - 22 May 2010.

Find out what else is on in National Archaeology Week.

Event Details

19 May 2010, 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Theatre, Level 2
<dd>Free</dd> <dd>Bookings are required for groups</dd> <dd>Places may be limited</dd>

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