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Journalling:
On our visit to the Thames Goldfield Museum, I finally got to see first hand a little of what it must have been like for my gg grandfather, Samuel Harris to work there in the late 1860s. We visited a tunnel so cramped and low I felt claustrophobic. It was hard to imagine working there for eight hours a day. The stamper battery that smashed the rock to find the gold was deafening. We had ear muffs. The miners didnít. I couldn't help reflecting on Sam's description of life at the diggings : "The nearest picture I can give you of the gold field is just like a rabbit warren at home. The hills are penetrated by men as thick as bees. Gold is got in hard quartz stone which requires heavy machinery to crush it. Sometimes the stone does not contain gold then you are reduced almost to poverty, nothing for working besides what you pay for crushing your stone. I do not intend staying in the diggings any longer than this coming summer. I may be lucky yet. I am getting tired of being always from home."

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Date: Sun November 16, 2008 ∑ Views: 417

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honeymoon

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Sun November 16, 2008 9:17am

This is fabulous. Love the subtle colourings and the touch of gold.

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Sun November 16, 2008 5:46pm

What a great page for your family album! I love the minimal color scheme, it is so powerful with those old photos!

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Sun November 16, 2008 11:13pm

Have to agree with Fiona, great colouring. Sounds like a fascinating place to visit and obviously all that more personal for you.

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GailS

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Mon November 17, 2008 11:54am

So pretty, Sharon! What a fun history lesson too!

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Fri November 21, 2008 2:32pm

I love this! The clean lines - beautiful.

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Sharon1313

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Sun November 23, 2008 8:06pm

How interesting! What a great family history page.

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Lauren

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Tue July 31, 2012 11:00am

Excellent idea for a page when you have little info from the time.

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Tue July 31, 2012 11:47am

Wow. Very moving. Makes me wonder his outcome though! Fantastic page!

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Sun August 5, 2012 8:45pm

This is such a good combination of history, and how your experience bound you together with your family history! Great writing, too! I could feel the diggings and how it must have been from your, and his, discription.

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