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Household candle box with six original candles, Ballarat goldfields

2011.0032.0013

Household candle box with six original candles, Ballarat goldfields

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Physical description

A brown metal household candle box containing six original candles. The box is cylindrical and has a lid that runs lengthways along the cylinder and has a latch. There are two pieces of metal protruding from above the lid [where it could be fixed to the wall to prevent vermin from eating the candles].

Statement of significance

The Victorian Goldfields collection comprises material related to gold mining primarily around the Ballarat region in the late 1800s. It includes gold mining equipment (two picks, a rope ladder, safety hook, windlass, mining cart), gold mining related objects (candle boxes, Chinese scales), gold mining images (including an S.T. Gill lithograph) and gold mining related documents (police gazette of 1853 - 55, a large folio of goldfields maps, goldmining company documents).

The discovery of gold in Victoria transformed the fledgling colony and had a lasting effect on Australian culture and society. Objects directly related to the extraction of gold in the early gold rush days of Victoria are extremely rare, and therefore this collection of gold mining equipment has great significance. S.T. Gill is considered perhaps the most important artist of the Victorian goldfields, and his lithograph of gold mining activity at Ballarat has great historic value. The police gazette features reports on the Eureka Stockade, a pivotal moment in Australian history and the maps and other documents from this time are extremely rare and have great significance.

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