Australian records

This guide was last updated in 2010

Many ‘diggers’ who originally went to Australia to find riches in the gold fields chose to stay and settle down in the colonies.

For this reason, census, marriage, and death records, which generally list occupation, are often one of the best sources of confirmation of an ancestor involved in the Gold Rush.

Victoria, the site of Australia’s largest gold rush, has its indexes of births, marriages and deaths dating back to 1836 available online, along with the option to print and download actual certificates for a fee.

The Ballarat & District Genealogical Society is a great source for ancestors who participated in the Ballarat gold rush, or settled down in the area. SBS GOLD!, meanwhile, uses newspapers, diaries and memoirs to tell the story of those caught up in the Australian gold rush.

The National Library of Australia has many related documents in its digital collections – just search the database for ‘gold’ to find photos, maps and manuscripts.

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