William Sandbach, “The Infancy of Bendigo: Golden Square in 1851”
The Infancy of Bendigo – Golden Square in 1851 in George Mackay [Ed.], The Annals of Bendigo, 1851-1867, Volumes 1-5, Bendigo, Cambridge Press.
Heyward Library Special Collection
La Trobe University
La Trobe University, Heyward Library
To get a sense of the savage environmental impact of mining, we can turn to the goldfields artists.
This remarkable sketch-map by miner William Sandbach tells the story of the birth of the Bendigo goldfield, detailing who was there and where their claims and camp sites were.
Inadvertently he is also revealing the Aboriginal management of the land, showing the waterholes along the creek bed, treeless flats and wooded hills.