Defining a Date and Place in the Otago Gold Rush: the Problematic Journal of George Magnus Hassing and Bendigo

TitleDefining a Date and Place in the Otago Gold Rush: the Problematic Journal of George Magnus Hassing and Bendigo
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsCarpenter, L. W.
JournalThe Journal of Australasian Mining History
Volume10
Issue1
Start Page26
Pagination41
Date Published09/2012
Abstract

Gold rushes are exciting events marked by the construction and collapse of boom settlements, of miners rushing from one place to the next and of stories of rich finds and ‘duffer’ hoaxes which become the legends defining the era. One such goldfields settlement is Bendigo, a rush town of the Central Otago gold rush. A lack of documentary sources has led to writers speculating and misinterpreting the timeline of the events which caused the town to appear. Re-analysing the journal on which the narratives have been based, together with additional documentary evidence leads to new conclusions about when this town became an important centre of mining in Otago and reveals an intriguing study of some of the personalities of the early Bendigo goldfield.