At Sovereign Hill there were people dressed up in old clothes. It’s an old gold mining town. We had a little tour at the start. The man told us what it was like to be a digger in the gold fields. He was dressed in old fashioned clothes and acted like he was really doing it. He told us about how people stole things and got killed or died cos the doctors weren’t very good. He said the best way to make money on the goldfields was to sell things to the miners. Then we walked around to the place where they walked down into a mine. We lined up and went down some stairs. I lead a part of it. The part I lead went to where someone found some gold. The safe opened and there was the gold. It was so heavy Mum couldn’t lift it one bit. When we got out, it was so bright. We saw a wheelwright at work. A wheelwright makes wheels out of wood. They had wooden spokes and a metal tyre band. He would have made coach and wagon wheels.
We saw a candle maker working, a tin smith who made candlesticks and kitchen stuff and a blacksmith who was putting names on horse shoes. At lunch time, we saw some soldiers in red coats who shot their muskets into the air.
It was well worth going to cos NZ gold towns would have been nearly the same.
Note from Mum: Sovereign Hill is a replica gold mining town in Ballarat, Victoria