by Dorothy Wickham
Problems associated with tracing gold miners:
If you think your ancestor was a gold miner in the Central Highlands area and you cannot trace him, consider the following suggestions:
Check all church and school records even if the records do not belong to the supposed religion of the family. I have found that parents did not automatically send their children to a school of the family's religious denomination rather children often attended the nearest school or the school considered best for their children's education.
1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition