C1889

Alluvial Diggings in Victoria.

Artist:

Frederick Grosse (1828 - 1894)

Scene of alluvial gold mining at Barkly Victoria. The area was first called the Navarre Diggings when gold was discovered there in June 1859 by a group led by James Law (1827-1910). It was about 6 miles from the Navarre … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Alluvial Diggings in Victoria.

Date:

C1889

Artist:

Frederick Grosse (1828 - 1894)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

200mm 
x 123mm
AUTHENTICITY
Alluvial Diggings in Victoria. - Antique Print from 1889

Genuine antique
dated:

1889

Description:

Scene of alluvial gold mining at Barkly Victoria.

The area was first called the Navarre Diggings when gold was discovered there in June 1859 by a group led by James Law (1827-1910). It was about 6 miles from the Navarre township. There was an immediate goldrush and there were soon about 700 people on the diggings. At the peak of the rush, there were over 6000 people in the area digging for gold.

Biography:

Frederick Grosse (1828-1894)

Grosse was an engraver and vigneron, born in February 1828 at Aschersleben, Prussia,who arrived in Adelaide in January 1854, departing a few days later for Victoria. After a year on the Sandhurst (Bendigo) goldfields he set up business in Melbourne as a designer and wood-engraver. 

His earliest recorded work was in the first issue of Melbourne Punch on 2 August 1855, after which he engraved illustrations for the Newsletter of Australasia, the Illustrated Melbourne News and the Illustrated Australian Mail. 

Grosse then became a full-time vigneron. In May 1881 he expanded upon his operation by opening Bendigo Wine Cellars in Melbourne. His wines won prizes at colonial, intercolonial and international wine shows and he displayed further entrepreneurial flair in 1889 when he engaged a German-trained wine-maker Maurice Steiner, from Hungary, to manage his vineyard. In the early 1890s Grosse bought the adjoining Emu Vineyard, giving him a total holding of sixty-eight acres (27.5 ha) under vine; he became the largest grape grower in the Bendigo district.

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