A Lady's Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia in 1852-53

Read by Annise

(2.9 stars; 11 reviews)

"If you have visions of a middle-aged parasol-bearing lady smiling sweetly from her carriage as she tours Bendigo think again. In 1852, 20 year old clergyman’s daughter Ellen and her brother boarded ship for Melbourne then set off to walk to Bendigo. Dressed in her blue serge skirt which doubled as nightwear, she camped under a tent made of blankets, had mutton, damper and tea most meals and on arrival lent her hand to gold washing. And seemed to enjoy it !
And amongst other things she tells of colonial life , transportation, emigration and other gold-fields.
But you will need to listen to hear more about bush-rangers and orphans as well as what she did with her parasol." (summary by annise) (6 hr 27 min)


Introductory Remarks and the The Voyage Out 13:03 Read by Annise
Stay In Melbourne 35:37 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Camping Up - Melbourne to the Black Forest 28:06 Read by Annise
Camping Up - Black Forest to Eagle Hawk Gully 31:25 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
The Diggings 21:06 Read by Annise
Eagle Hawk Gully 38:41 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
An Adventure 11:15 Read by Annise
Harriette Walters 14:09 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Ironbark Gully 25:15 Read by Annise
Forest Creek 28:41 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Return to Melbourne 17:26 Read by Annise
Ballarat 24:12 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
New South Wales 6:54 Read by Annise
South Australia 11:09 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Melbourne Again 30:44 Read by Annise
Homeward Bound 8:48 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Conclusion 6:07 Read by Annise
Appendix: - Who Should Emigrate? 35:14 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)


Interesting historical account

(3 stars)

I didn't know much at all about the Australian gold rush until I listened to this book. It was an interesting historical account of one woman's experience and also gave a broader overview of the different gold fields and the effect of the rush on cities like Melbourne. Librivox readers Lucy Borgoyne and Annise add authentic Australian accents to this duo-project.

didnt finish because of the readers :(

(2 stars)

the story had promise of a good tale & wonderful writing skill. but i had to give this one up because i just could not listen to the readers any longer. drab monotone reading that was hard to follow.

bad narration

(1.5 stars)

A bad narrative just like a bad bus driver or a pilot, no matter where you going the trip is ruined or worse