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La Trobe inspects the diggings at Ballarat

Governor La Trobe arrives in Ballarat to inspect the diggings. He is reported to be ‘highly pleased with the diggings, and the general good order prevailing in this neighbourhood’.

16 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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EUREKA AND BALAARAT (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT). The only event of any great importance that has occurred here since my last communication is the visit of His Excellency the Governor, who arrived at the camp at Balaarat on Saturday afternoon last, together with his escort. His Excellency, it appears, is going on a tour of inspection to the different diggings. He left Balaarat this morning (Monday) en route for Forest Creek, having expressed himself highly pleased with the diggings, and the general good order prevailing in this neighborhood. There is one thing, however, must, or rather ought, to have struck him very forcibly, which is the non-existence of any place of public worship in the midst of this populous district, there being none nearer than Buninyong (and I believe there is no regular one there), with the exception of a Roman Catholic chapel, which is on the Brownhill Flat, about two and a half miles from the camp. This fact was brought before him rather strongly on Sunday, when he attended divine worship, as the service was read by one of the "commissioners," who, by virtue of his office, it seems, administers prayers and punishment—comfort to the soul and castigation to the body, with an industry and versatility quite admirable in a Government officer. Argus, 26 April 1853