The Biggest Ever Gold-mining Swindle in the Colonies: Australian Pioneer & Goldmining History circa 1840-1930

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John Peach,, Dec 1, 2007 - History - 572 pages
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Robert Philp, later a Minister for Mines and a Queensland Premier, called it "the biggest ever mining swindle in the Colonies". He for one certainly knew, because Robert Ross himself sold Philp a swag of the Company shares in early 1888. This is the true story of multiple gold frauds by Robert Ross near Yeppoon Queensland, and a dubious Sydney Company involving many leading identities now well known in our history. Some made fortunes almost overnight and some ended up mortally wounded. The Supreme Court sessions featured most of the leading 'silks' in the Colony and even our later first Prime Minister Edmund Barton and all the sworn evidence and verdicts were meticulously recorded and then first sealed under Statute for 30 years. Still untouched this large package was finally unearthed by the author in the NSW State Archives in 2007. It was quite evident why both the Queensland & NSW governments & influential people made sure the public were kept entirely in the dark by securely burying the evidence.  

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This hard cover A4 2008 600 page edition of Australian goldmining history must be the best bargain ever, now that the author is selling direct the balance of the books for $25 plus $11 p&p.
Considering the time and expense involved to research and self-publish an original Australian history book of this authority and size it is doubtfull if any more Australian authors would bother.
This book is a rare in-depth look into some major happenings of our past and the biographies of those involved in the story reveal many people already well known in history.
It is considered that this limited edition book will become quite valuable as a collectors item but is of course a quite intriguing story and absolutely true and authenticated by original documents.
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Original researched & authentic Australian and Goldmining history by author John Peach including original documents, photos & 150 biographies.

Included is a treasure of early gold-rush history, including Mt Morgan, plus a full account of the early settlement of the Port Curtis region of Central Queensland especially the Capricorn ('Keppel') Coast east of Rockhampton.

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