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Gold Commissioners

Digger James Arnot describes the Commissioner’s camp at Castlemaine. This is an extract from his journal from 1852.

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Robyn Annear's research Notes prepared in the course of writing the book, Nothing But Gold; Private (Robyn Annear). Details

These notes from a variety of primary sources were kindly donated to the eGold project by Robyn Annear.


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Found the ‘Camp’ [at Castlemaine] to be a splendid place, quite a little town. the force consists of a Commissioner, Captain of Horse and foot police, Doctor, Clergymen, 100 Pensioners, Mounted and foot police, lots of Clerks and officers, that always hang on Government situations … they all live in little tents shaped like a house, and formed in rows like a street, the great folks have each a tent to himself, the subordinates 4 to 6 in a tent, saw some of our fellow passengers that have turned police. Easy time they have of it.