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Queueing up for a licence

This extract from Oliver Ragless describes the process of getting a licence at Forest Creek in 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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After breakfast I started up to the Commissioner to get the licences. I reached there before the flag was up, but there were already 20 before me. On the flagstaff was a notice to the parties who wanted licences, to form a direct line along the fence. This saved me waiting all day for a great number took no notice of it. I pushed in behind 20 and after waiting for an hour, the flag was hoisted and they began to issue … After the 20 who were before me got their licences, it came my turn. I went around a post and walked along a path up to the tent. On the table stood a bright pair of gold scales and weights. Opposite these sat the Commissioner, and behind him sat his clerk, and beside sat an officer belonging to the XI Regiment, who added the weights in and out on the scales. After I got my six licences, I made my way to the post office … I left a good many who would not get served that day.