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Sludge : disaster on Victoria's goldfields

Author :  Susan Lawrence & Peter Davies

Product Details

  • Country Australia
  • Publisher La Trobe University Press
  • ISBN9781760641108
  • FormatPaperBack
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2019
  • Bib. Info307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps and portraits (some colour) ; 24 cm
  • CategoriesDU - Oceania (South Seas)
  • Product Weight500 gms.
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Product Description

Everyone knows gold made Victoria rich. But did you know gold mining was disastrous for the land, engulfing it in floods of sand, gravel and silt that gushed out of the mines? Or that this environmental devastation still affects our rivers and floodplains? Victorians had a name for this mining waste: 'sludge'. Sludge submerged Victoria's best grapevines near Bendigo, filled Laanecoorie Reservoir on the Loddon River and flowed down from Beechworth over thousands of hectares of rich agricultural land. Children and animals drowned in sludge lakes. This book is the compelling story of the forgotten filth that plagued nineteenth-century Victoria. It exposes the big dirty secret of Victoria's mining history - the way it transformed the state's water and land, and how the battle against sludge helped lay the ground for the modern environmental movement. Gold mines and mining -- Victoria -- History. | Gold mines and mining -- Environmental aspects. | Victoria -- History -- 1834-1900. | Australian

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