Recently as a birthday gift I got to choose what I would like to do for my birthday and I decided I would love to go to Sovereign Hill with my parents. We had to drive to Ballarat which is an hour and a half drive from where I live. This will be my third visit to Sovereign Hill with my parents. Sovereign Hill is where you step back in time not to the 80’s or the 90’s but to the 1800’s (Gold Rush days). This is a wonderful place where you get to experience the life of the Gold Miners. Ballarat is famous for the Gold rush. It all started back when a miner found gold. Then 8 years later a number of Cornish miners found a huge piece of gold which is known as the Welcome Nugget. I got to go under this mine on a tour my heart was thumping so hard and I had mixed emotions. I can’t believe how those gold miners survived without fresh air and fresh supplies and yet the did.
Here is a photo of me making my way down the Red Cliff Mine
Many Gold Miners did not live for long the reason been while working under the mines dust would build up and the miners would breath in this dust resulting to lung infections which eventually would lead to their death. When the Miners had finished their work for the day many of them lived in tents living conditions were cold,wet,damp and just plain miserable.
Here is a photo of me standing outside one of the miners tent. It is very cramped and dusty and when wet everything would end up getting wet.
As we walked around the township of Sovereign Hill you got the chance to visit different shops. The township had many shops for example a candle making stall, a saloon (bowling alley), post office, local school,black smith and the best store of all was the lolly shop. I was very lucky that I got the chance to make a wax candle and buy a lovely jar of boiled lollies. I also got the chance to meet some of the locals for example the local police officers , The troopers and the local women.
Here is a photo of me and a lovely lady we met where she invited us to inspect her home. Her home was very neat and warm because she had a huge open fire.
The main form of transport back in those days was Horse and Carriage which we did see. We had to make way for the horses. We saw some very special carriages which were only used for funerals. They were very grand looking.
I had wonderful day but I am so glad I was not alive during the 1800’s because I do not think I would not have made it as a gold miner. I did get the chance to pan for gold which I am sure I did find some but some how the gold did get washed away down stream for some one else to find.