There's gold in them thar hills...

We finally got up to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat this weekend. Sovereign Hill is a living museum -- a reenactment of life at the height of the Gold Rush.

We watched a wooden wheel being made and bronze being turned, tried hand-made candy and saw how gold is refined and poured. We even interacted with some redcoats:

And attended a penmanship lesson at the local school:

Best of all, we panned for gold in a river that is seeded daily so you are guaranteed success:

We set up quite the production line. Nik collected the tailings, Ben and Ian did the first sort, and I was in charge of doing the final panning and collecting the tiny gold nuggets -- the size of grains of salt!

4 comments:

Tina in CT said...

What a fun time! Like our Old Sturbridge Village and Plymouth Plantation.

Anonymous said...

I bet your arms and back are in pain now.
Olga

Katya said...

Yup. Very sore.

Kari said...

Just like 4th grade in California at Sutter's Fort! minus the Red Coats...