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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 41

Mining Population

Mining Population.

21. According to an estimate made in the Department of Mines, the gold-mining population in Victoria numbered at the end of 1879 37,553; of these 14,784 were engaged in quartz, and 22,769 in alluvial workings; 28,443 were Europeans, and 9110 were Chinese. The followers of this occupation in 1869 are estimated to have amounted to 63,787, and since then they have been gradually falling off in numbers.