Women of the North

Celebrating the fascinating lives of women in the history of North Queensland

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Amanda Mikkelsen – a woman of the goldfields

The rush to the Palmer River, in North Queensland, began in June 1873 when a party of prospectors, led by James Venture Mulligan, found payable gold there. Within months there were 5,000 people (mostly men) prospecting along what became known as the ‘River of Gold’. Officially, gold production on the Palmer River Goldfield yielded 3.5 million ounces, however, it has been estimated the actual yield was probably four times this […]

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