sketching the Victorian gold fields in 1902

In 1902, a French artist by the name of Charles Georges Paul Millen de Grandmaison was travelling through Victoria with gold fields in his sights.  An insightful observer, it appears he may also have been one of the gold diggers himself as his watercolour sketching and accompanying text might indicate.  I can find no reference to him elsewhere, other than this fine folio of his work sold by Antipodean Books Maps and Prints and now held by The State Library of Victoria.

It seems it didn’t take long to pick up the lingo as some of his notations demonstrate.

Two men in a tent scandal of the gully levee des sluices Kyabram Hotel

Menu - May 1902



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