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- DescriptionBetween 1849 and 1853 shares in nearly 120 public companies to exploit the booming goldfields of California and Australia were offered to the British public. The companies were collectively capitalised at over AGBP15 million, but in the end only some AGBP1.75 million was actually raised between 42 of them, with only one company surviving what the newspapers of the day described as a 'gold bubble'. This book provides an overview of the entire bubble event, its antecedents and its outcomes. A number of researchers have investigated an earlier boom in the mid-1820s to reopen gold and silver mines in Latin America and several have studied individual company operations of that period. This is the first detailed investigation of the British gold bubble companies of the 1850s and their involvement in the almost simultaneous gold rushes on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
- Author BiographyAfter a career in geology, the latter part researching old gold mines as pathfinders to new deposits, John Woodland turned to writing about them, in particular the disastrous phase of British company gold mining in the 1850s, the reasons behind its almost universal failure, and what lessons were learned.
- Author(s)John Woodland
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication30/11/2014
- SubjectBusiness, Accounting & Vocational: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleModern Economic and Social History
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 39 b&w illustrations
- Weight680 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Series Edited byProfessor Derek H. Aldcroft
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