Author(s): Doug Bradby; Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
In 1856, at the height of the alluvial goldrush, Ballarat produced 823,334 ounces of gold. By 1878 the figure was a mere 12,984 ounces. Ballarat was 'on its last legs.' However, in the Black Hill, Llanberris, Temperance and Imperial mines, miners had developed efficient ways to find and extract gold from quartz. Ballarat now had a fighting chance of surviving. Thank heavens they persevered. The Astonishing History of Ballarat, Volume 3 tells the story of those undervalued, marginalised miners, who from 1851 to 1878, laid the foundations for Ballarat's transition from alluvial to quartz mining.