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The desertion of Forest Creek

A local observer noted that just as quickly as the diggers had arrived to Forest Creek, they had departed. Having reaped what gold they may, prospectors deserted the fields to find more prosperous ground.

21 April 1853
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Australian National Dictionary Centre, The Gold Rushes and Australian English: a resource for researchers, teachers and students, Australian National University, 2005, http://www.anu.edu.au/andc/res/aus_words/gold/index.php. Details
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MOUNT ALEXANDER. Forest Creek 21st April, 1853. Forest Creek is again becoming absolutely deserted; hundreds are running like mad to other and distant localities, although from the many and conflicting accounts we receive from them, it is not unlikely that the pilgrims will be glad to return to their quiet and remunerative holes at Forest Creek. The late heavy fall of rain has, as I anticipated, led to a rush in the direction of Specimen Gully, one very large flat having been turned up with great and general success. The holes vary in depth from three to thirteen feet, in all of which more or less gold has been taken. Unless fresh localities are opened and the present rush from this place ceases, to use an Irishism, "nothing will be heard but silence" at Forest Creek. D. BUNCE. Argus,26 April 1853