Gold Diggers in Victoria
HAM Thomas (1852.)
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Seven engraved images, all mounted. Image size: 120 by 200mm, & smaller. Thomas Ham, Melbourne, c.
Thomas Ham established his printing business in Collins Street Melbourne in 1843 and was "the sole contractor for engravings and lithography for the government and designed and engraved currency notes for various banks" (ADNB). He is best known for his work in the early 1850s on the Victorian goldfields. In conjunction with David Tulloch and numerous other artists, he produced three of the definitive illustrated works on the subject: Ham's Five Views of the Gold Fields of Mount Alexander and Ballarat, The Diggers Portfolio and The Gold Diggers Portfolio.
The images here comprise a selection of the works produced throughout this period: (1) David Tulloch, Forest Creek, Mount Alexander; (2) William Strutt, Preparing to Start; (3) G Strafford, Gold Digger of Victoria; (4) Anon., Black Hill Diggings, Ballarat; (5) Anon., Store at the Diggings; (6) Anon., Examining the Days Work; (7) Anon., Entrance to Forest Creek Neat the "Turn Off" to Bendigo.
Stock Code: 192349