Display model representing a portion of the shallow alluvial sinkings of Victorian goldfields as seen at Daisy Hill, etc. (now Amherst). Model made by C.E. Nordstrom in 1858.
This model depicts gold miners at Daisy Hill, near Maryborough during the Victorian gold rush. It was one of a dozen Victorian goldfields models commissioned in the late 1850s by Frederick McCoy, the director of this museum, from Swedish-born miner and artisan, Carl Nordström.
Nordström visited each location to research mining methods, and made thorough notes and sketches of the equipment, creating one of the most detailed records of early Victorian mining techniques.
The miners seen here are seeking alluvial gold from the hillsides flanking the creek. The gold lurks in a thin drift of ‘washdirt’, overlying a layer of white pipe clay, just above bedrock.
The numerous shafts reflect the limited 12 x 12 feet (13.4 square metres) claim size allowed to each miner.
Transfer from National Museum of Victoria, 1899
Originally acquired through a Commission from Mr Carl E. Nordström.
Type of item
106 cm (Length), 76 cm (Width), 50 cm (Height)
Case: 120 x 90 x 181
Exhibition Collection Management
1060 mm (Length), 760 mm (Width), 500 mm (Height)
case size - 1200x900x1810
1070 mm (Length), 765 mm (Width), 540 mm (Height)
Measurement From Conservation.