Gold Fields Commission of Enquiry.Report of the Commission Appointed to Enquire into the Condition of the Gold Fields of Victoria.Melbourne, 1854-55. Folio, pp. lxxii, 366, folded colored map “Showing the Worked Portion of the Victorian Gold Fields..”
The work is complete and in a later blue half calf over blue cloth with gilt spine titles. The binding is tight with a light stain to the lower margin of the rear board. The contents on the blue paper as printed is very clean with light spotting to title page. The colored map is pristine. In very good condition.
This is a volume in the “blue papers” as issued by the Victoria gold fields commission. The report provides a summary of the discovery of the gold fields, their development, and present state. This particular report also focuses on the social unrest that took place. The report pays particular attention to the riots in the Ballaarat district which the military was called in to stop and restore order. The causes of the unrest are addressed, as is the subsequent changes within the Commission to address corruption.