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Miner's Right - Issued at Maryborough, Victoria, Feb 1865 Document Reg. No: SH 931190

Summary:
Miner's Right, issued to a miner at Maryborough, Victoria, possibly in February 1865. The licence, printed on paper, is in poor condition. It cost one pound, and licenced a prospector to mine for gold or other minerals for a certain period of time. It was Not Transferable. It has been filled out in ink, but most of the writing has faded and is now illegible. There are handwritten notes in faded ink on the back.
Description:
Miner's Right, or licence, issued to a miner at Maryborough, Victoria, possibly in February 1864. The licence, printed on paper, is in poor condition. It cost one pound, and licenced a prospector to mine for gold or other minerals for a certain period of time. It was Not Transferable. It has been filled out in ink, but most of the writing has faded and is now illegible. There are handwritten notes in faded ink on the back.
The Miner's Right was printed 'By Authority: John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne'. On the left margin is an etching of an early Victorian coat of arms (kangaroo on left, emu on right, with shield between); a crossed pick and shovel; crossed flags above 'VR' and the Scales of Justice, and scroll work. (At some stage the document has been trimmed to fit, so this etching has been trimmed.) At the top of the licence is an elaborate etching, under the heading 'Colony of Victoria'. Within a shield is an image of a young woman in classical dress, seated, with shipping in the background; on her left is a miner with hat presenting her with a gold nugget; on her right, a farmer presents grain to her. Mottoes include 'Honi Soit Que Mal Y Pense'; 'Dieu et Mon Droit' and 'Advance Australia'.

Production Methods: pulped; printed; framed.
Acquisition Information:
Collected, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 24.00 cm (Height), 1.50 cm (Width), 28.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: gold, licences, goldfields, economic geology, gold mining, prospecting, alluvial gold mining, mineral exploration, miners rights, mining regulations, bourke, miners records
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MINING & METALLURGY
Secondary Classification: Extraction - Alluvial Gold
Tertiary Classification: licences
Inscriptions: 'Colony of Victoria/ No. 5/ 1 [pound]/ Honi Soit Que Mal Y Pense'; 'Dieu et Mon Droit' 'Advance Australia'/ By Authority: John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne/ District in which Issued: Maryborough [handwritten] / Date [Illegible., possibly 1 Feby. / Miner's Right/ Issued to [handwritten, mostly Illegible. Mr ..../ under the provisions of the Act of the Governor and Council, 21 Victoria, No. 32, to be in force until /[handwritten: 31st January 186[5?]./ Signature illegible. / Not Transferable.
On back, pencil and ink marks, including what appears to be a list of jurors. Legible names include Robert, John (?) and Charlotte.
Place & Date Issued: Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, 01 Feb 1865

Date and name of person issued to is somewhat indecipherable.
Printer: John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1860
Place & Date Used: Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, 01 Feb 1864-31 Jan 1865

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