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The publisher also acknowledges the courtesy of Mr.Ferres, the Government printer, in supplying original documents, and of Mr.Learmonth, Pettett, Waldie, Winter, Fisken, Coghill, and Bacchus; and the Rev.Thomas Hastie is still living at the Manse at Buninyong.Noone in giving valuable assistance in connection with their reproduction by the photo-lithographic process.The contributions of newspaper correspondents during the Eureka Stockade troubles have also assisted the compiler, and notably the letters of the correspondent of the Geelong Advertiser in 1854-5. John Noble Wilson, the commercial manager of the Ballarat Star, is due, on the part of all concerned, the recognition of his suggesting the narrative, of his constant cordial co-operation, and his untiring ingenuity in making suggestions and collecting materials both for the text and the illustrations.
All around, the open lands of fifteen years ago are turned into streets and fields and gardens.The most curious eye could now discover no other traces of the rush if it were not for the broader and deeper marks left where the first miners fought their industrial way, and where, for years, their followers retraced the golden trail.On going up the Yarrowee banks northward a space, as one looks up the valley he sees, beyond the city, the bare top, the white artificial chasms and banks and mounds, where Black Hill raised its dark dense head of forest trees before the digger rent the hill in twain, and half disembowelled the swelling headland.While these remained it was thought desirable to gather some of the honey of fact from fugitive opportunity, that it might be garnered for the historian of the future.
Nearly all the persons whose names have been mentioned above have assisted in the preparation of this narrative by furnishing valuable contributions from their own recollections, and the compiler takes this occasion to thank them and others, including legal managers of mines, whose ready courtesy has enabled him to do what he has done to rescue from forgetfulness the brief details here chronicled touching the history of this gold-field.Gold was found plentifully, and warehouse, hotel, and saloon crowded close with dwelling and church along the thoroughfare.