Find, mines, rewards, locations, South Australian Gold Rush
Gold was first discovered in South Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia in 1846 at the Victoria mine near Castambul, City of Adelaide. The 12 ounce nugget was dug up by J. Richards. Little notice was taken of it at the time. Another find in the same year was at the Kitticoola Mine in the Kanmantoo Trough. The South Australian gold rush per se got off to a slow start in the southern state even though gold was known to be there as mentioned above in 1846. Gold came to light at South Para River toward Gumeracha in the Barossa Valley, in 1849 when a farmer plowing his field dug up a piece of gold bearing quartz. The rich mineral was detected by William Chapman, Hardiman and Hampton in Chapman Gully (Chapman's Gully) and Donkey Gully at Echunga in the Mount Lofty Ranges in 1852. Finds in other states affected South Australians The population of South Australia was significantly lessened by people moving to Victoria and New South Wales in search of quick riches. A find was made by R.