Goldfinder Bell

15 September 2011 by Rebecca

Photo of curator installing bell in case

My name is Rebecca Watkin and I am curator of maritime collections (ship models and paintings). I will be updating you about displays and the fantastic collections we have here at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

The main project I’m working on at the moment is next year’s Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition but I’m also involved in different aspects of work at the museum.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the issue of the first licence to mine gold in Australia on 21 September 1851, the Goldfinder bell is now on display. The Goldfinder was built in Canada and owned by Jones & Co. of Liverpool. When gold was discovered in New South Wales there was an increased demand for vessels like the Goldfinder. Many Liverpool emigrants joined the gold rush to seek their fortune. The Merseyside Maritime Museum acquired the bell which is available to view for the first time in the Emigrants to a New World gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Bye for now.

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