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Discovery Talk: Gold Talks

Promenade Deck

SS Great Britain in 1852

Monday 9 December 2019


Included in the price of admission

Discover the story of the SS Great Britain's first Australian voyage.

The Victoria Gold Rush commenced in 1851 leading to a huge demand for fast passages to Australia. Given her size and revolutionary design the SS Great Britain was well suited to cater for the prospectors desperate to reach the “diggings” as quickly as possible. On her first voyage to Melbourne in 1852 the SS Great Britain carried 630 passengers. Whilst a significant number of them intended to prospect for gold, many more were skilled artisans and tradesmen intent on establishing businesses to meet the miners’ needs.

These talks will tell the story of this first Australian voyage and recount the experiences of some of the passengers on board whose individual tales include murder, mystery, life changing success and spectacular failure.


Talks will last approximately 20 minutes.