The Gold Rush in Victoria during the 1850s was a very busy and interesting time in Australian History. People from all over the world came to places such as Ballarat to find their fortune in the dirt of Victoria. Living conditions were tough and most of the migrants were men.
During the 1850s there were obvious racist attitudes towards groups such as the Chinese, these attitudes became apparent during the Gold rush in Victoria. How did this culture impact on the social and economic status of these minority groups?
“Life in the Victorian gold fields in the 1850s was difficult for minority groups such as the Chinese, especially as racism was widely acceptable.” Discuss
“The Victorian gold fields gave minority groups a chance for a better life during the 1850s, providing stability and opportunities in new surroundings”. Discuss.