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The Welsh in an Australian Gold Town

Ballarat, Victoria 1850-1900

Since the earliest days of colonial settlement in Australia, immigrants from Wales have played a prominent role, but their place in Australian history and culture has been relatively little-studied. This book focuses on the Welsh immigrant community in the Ballarat/Sebastopol gold mining district of Victoria, offering a micro-level analysis of a Welsh community and the changes it underwent through the second half of the nineteenth century.

208 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2010

Culture Studies

History: European History

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“Robert Tyler’s well-researched and reflective study offers perceptive insights into the experiences of Welsh migrants in the Australian gold-field community of Ballarat/Sebastopol. It develops our understanding of the process of nineteenth-century emigration to Australia significantly and scrutinizes settlement patters, the process of assimilation and the resilience of Welsh cultural identity admirably. It is both a landmark study in Welsh migration history and an accessible read for all audiences.”

Richard Allen, University of Wales, Newport

Table of Contents



List of Tables

List of Maps and Illustrations


1. Settlement Patterns

2. Occupation

3. Language

4. Religion

5. Cultural Institutions

6. Villains, Whores, Drunkards and British Imperialists

7. Assimilation

Appendix I: Numbers and Percentages of Welsh-born in Victoria

Appendix II: Occupational Categories

Appendix III: Yr Australydd and Yr Ymwelydd




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