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Title: Preamble to 'Golden Words and A Golden Landscape'
Contributor(s): Ryan, John Sprott  (author); Haworth, Robert J (author); Goode, Arnold (author); O'Donohue, Peter  (author)
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: This work is one concerned to both explore and to give a clearer idea of the surviving evidence and related landscape records of the nineteenth century Rocky River goldfield in Northern New South Wales, but - first - to present material of a like more general matter, and one fascinating to all Australians and travellers, namely its once magistrate's full, indeed rich, texture of the related technical and social language used on all the major fields of auriferous mining as practised in this country in the nineteenth century. To avoid the excessively technical, we have focused on the numerous gold mining and fictionally plotted - yet hugely readable and colourful - texts by the same magistrate, the long Australia-domiciled and prolific novelist, Rolf Boldrewood (1826-1915), who, towards the end of his Mining Warden career, served briefly on these very New England goldfields, while in his late official career posting in 1884-1885 to the roles of Commissioner and Resident Magistrate in the adjacent Armidale, in northern New South Wales. As will be made clear below, his powerful text, 'The Miner's Right', is one penned not long before he came west to the Uralla field, and he would certainly have had various of its minimally fictionalized squabbles, claim contesting, and even racism - and worse - very clearly in mind.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Golden Words and A Golden Landscape, p. vii-viii
Publisher: Arts New England, University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISBN: 9781921597206
Field of Research (FOR): 160303 Migration
040312 Structural Geology
040306 Mineralogy and Crystallography
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950203 Languages and Literature
840205 Mining and Extraction of Precious (Noble) Metal Ores
950503 Understanding Australias Past
HERDC Category Description: B3 Chapter in a Revision/New Edition of a Book
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