In my last blog I talked about the work I am doing in researching and writing a book about colonial artist Samuel Thomas Gill's contribution to our understanding of nineteenth-century Australia. Gill was a prolific artist and had the knack of capturing real earth life in the colonies. In my last blog the focus was on his work while he lived in Adelaide. He is possibly best known for his work in capturing the frenetic activity of the Victorian goldfields from 1852. He has been called 'the artist of the goldfields'. After the discovery go gold in New South Wales it was feared that Victorians would continue to desert the new colony in large numbers and join the gold rush in New South Wales. To

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