Gold rush watercolours

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 115 RCS/RCMS 391
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English .
  • Physical Description
      2 sheet(s) art work

Scope and Content

These small painted figures, animals and scenes illustrating the Australian gold rushes were created by an unknown artist. The donor W.H. Carter recorded in a letter filed with the collection, 'They were given to my mother in Adelaide at the time of an early gold-rush by a local artist about the year 1851.' They may be the work of George Hamilton (1812-1883), who emigrated to Australia from England in 1839 and became a clerk in the South Australian Treasury in 1848, an inspector of mounted police in 1853 and police commissioner in 1867. He was an accomplished amateur painter, poet and writer, and a founding member of the South Australian Society of Arts. The RCS miniatures are very similar in style to two paintings by Hamilton depicting the arrival and departure of the gold escort from Adelaide in 1852. Gold had been discovered in the Adelaide Hills near Castambul in 1846 and at Echunga in 1852.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Donated by W.H. Carter in 1933.


Includes index.

Other Finding Aids

Case A30

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

several of the miniatures are in fragmentary condition or have suffered from water damage

Additional Information

This collection level description was created by MJC.

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