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The rush to Buninyong

The inhabitants of Geelong left in droves for the Buninyong diggings. However, the Geelong Advertiser urged caution in leaving the relative comforts of home for the diggings.

26 July 1851
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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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BUNINYONG, WEDNESDAY EVENING. The inhabitants of Geelong are becoming ‘nomadic’. Various tribes from Corio, Chilwell, and Ashby [viz., suburbs of Geelong] have sent their deputations, and the denizens of the Western District may be described ere long as ‘dwellers in tents’ as ‘hewers of wood, and drawers of water.’ Geelong is going out of town—and coming to Buninyong, bricks and mortar are deserted for tarpaulins, comfort for inconvenience, ease for hardship, ordinary travail for hard labour, and all is set at nought and succumbs to the desire for gold, gold that is to be rent from the bowels of the earth. Neither rain, or storm, overpowers the desire, the cry is still ‘they come, they come’. And now one word before closing this despatch, I would advise all parties who have comfortable situations to stay at home, and "let well alone," make no sacrifices of the present for the future, but patiently await the result of the present experiments, which will be found duly and truly chronicled in the columns of the Geelong Advertiser, and Intelligencer. I say wait awhile, rush not rashly to the christening of the gold-birth—there will be plenty without you at its baptism, and your time will be to celebrate its maturity, which may be attained at no distant epoch—my last word is, "pause! before you plunge." Heavy rain till midnight, and heavy showers all day. Geelong Advertiser, 26 August 1851