- A mixed society
Polish miner Seweryn Korzelinski was impressed by the harmonious mix of cultures and classes to be found on the diggings.
- Published Source
- Korzelinski, Seweryn, Memoirs of gold-digging in Australia, Stanley Robe (ed. and trans.), University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1979. Details
This very large society comprises men from all parts of the world, all countries and religions, varying disposition and education…
A colonel pulls up the earth for a sailor; a lawyer wields not a pen but a spade; a priest lends a match to a Negro's pipe; a doctor rests on the same heap of earth with a Chinaman: a man of letters carries a bag of earth with a Hindu, and all of them hirsute, dusty and muddy, so that their own mothers would not be able to recognize them. Many a one would not, a short while before, bother to look at a fellow with whom he now works. Here we are all joined by the designation: "DIGGER".
Created: 17 March 2006, Last modified: 3 November 2006