1. Entertainment

Entertainment was very important on all the goldfields. After a long hard day of digging, carting soil and rock, and washing it in pans and cradles, diggers were keen to enjoy themselves. Sitting around the fire telling stories, singing and playing music, they celebrated their successes and forgot about their disappointments. Once goldfields became more established, diggers went to theatres and music halls. On Sundays and holidays, there were sports like cricket and football, horse racing and boxing matches.

Today we still enjoy some of the games and entertainments that were first seen on the Australian goldfields.