During the early 1890s railway expansion, low wool prices and better farming techniques led to a doubling of wheat production from NSW, although drought would destroy many of these gains in the later part of the decade. Wheat and dairy products became important exports for the colonies.
Extraordinarily rich gold strikes in Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie catapulted Western Australia to the top of the gold exports. Countless thousands of newly unemployed workers from the eastern colonies moved to the west in the renewed hope of striking it rich at the diggings.
The Tharwa Bridge began construction in 1894. It was the first bridge across the Murrumbidgee River.
(National Library of Australia, nla.pic-vn3229543, photograh by O'Hanlon)