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Collection: Australian History Museum

Gold Pin

Gold Miner's Stick Pin

Accession # AHM000279
Creator Unknown
Culture
Period 19th Century
Date 1850 - 1900
Provenance Ballarat
Material/s Gold
Dimensions 6.4cm (l) x 2cm (w) x 0.5cm (d)
Collection Australian History Museum
Source AHM, Macquarie University
Classification Jewellery
Gold Miner's Pin
AHM000279 is a gold stick pin. It was commisioned by a miner in Ballarat as a token of success on the goldfields. The pin is thin and ends at a sharp point. It is topped by a gold 3D-design of mining equipment; namely a shovel, pick and pan full of gold. Gold-mining-themed pins and brooches were common during the colonial gold rush era as a way of celebrating a find and displaying that success and subsequent wealth. This example is quite simple, with other brooches and pins including very delicate and intricate designs of mining scenes and equipment. Its imagery is typical of the ‘Digger Brooch’ design, featuring miniature tools and a nugget. There is some suggestion that the influence for the design may have come with migratory diggers previously in South Africa.

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Australian History Museum (2018). Gold Pin, AHM000279. https://objectbasedlearning.com//australian-history-museum/AHM000279 (accessed on: 01 November 2018).

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