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Background imageDiggers Collection: Display of JCB Extradig diggers in a field

Display of JCB Extradig diggers in a field
Display of bright yellow JCB Extradig Sitemaster diggers in a field, with a Turbo 4x4 underneath. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageDiggers Collection: Badger hunters outside Plough Inn, Pyecombe, Sussex

Badger hunters outside Plough Inn, Pyecombe, Sussex

Background imageDiggers Collection: Caricature of a cheeky Australian solder - WW1

Caricature of a cheeky Australian solder - WW1
circa 1916

Background imageDiggers Collection: Clam Diggers sorting and grading their pickings, Boston, USA

Clam Diggers sorting and grading their pickings, Boston, USA
Clam Diggers sorting and grading their pickings - Boston, Massachusetts, USA Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDiggers Collection: Night Scene in Australia, Gold Diggers

Night Scene in Australia, Gold Diggers
A Night Scene Australia, Gold Diggers playing cards and drinking Date: 1853

Background imageDiggers Collection: Burying a body, France

Burying a body, France
Three grave diggers inter a corpse in a cemetery

Background imageDiggers Collection: Two film photographs: top left an ensemble shot

Two film photographs: top left an ensemble shot
Two film photographs: top left ensemble shot from Gold Diggers of Broadway featuring Ann Pennigton and top right William Powell and Evelyn Brent in Interference, a Paramount talkie (1930). Date: 1930

Background imageDiggers Collection: The Australian Diggers Memorial, Plugstreet Experience

The Australian Diggers Memorial, Plugstreet Experience
The 14-18 Experience Museum was opened on 9 November 2013 and on that day a splendid bas relief of Australian miners digging underground was unveiled. It was donated by Ross J

Background imageDiggers Collection: Preserved Yorkshire Trench - Boesinge

Preserved Yorkshire Trench - Boesinge
This was first explored in February 1992 by a local group called The Diggers. Gradually an important trench and dug-out system was uncovered

Background imageDiggers Collection: Demonstration in London -- young protesters walking purposefully along a road

Demonstration in London -- young protesters walking purposefully along a road. Two of the banners belong to the Hyde Park Diggers, a land ownership campaigning group. Date: late 1960s

Background imageDiggers Collection: Anti-nuclear demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London. One placard reads: Scrap Polaris

Anti-nuclear demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London. One placard reads: Scrap Polaris, Build For Peace. The banner in the lower left belongs to the Hyde Park Diggers

Background imageDiggers Collection: Demonstration in London -- the man with his arms raised is probably Sid Rawle (1945-2010)

Demonstration in London -- the man with his arms raised is probably Sid Rawle (1945-2010), nicknamed King of the Hippies, founder of the Hyde Park Diggers

Background imageDiggers Collection: Demonstration in London -- the man on the left is probably Sid Rawle (1945-2010)

Demonstration in London -- the man on the left is probably Sid Rawle (1945-2010), nicknamed King of the Hippies, founder of the Hyde Park Diggers

Background imageDiggers Collection: Demonstration in London -- the man at the centre is probably Sid Rawle (1945-2010)

Demonstration in London -- the man at the centre is probably Sid Rawle (1945-2010), nicknamed King of the Hippies, founder of the Hyde Park Diggers

Background imageDiggers Collection: Sheet music for Gold Diggers featuring the Dolly Sisters in Oh Les Belles Filles, Paris

Sheet music for Gold Diggers featuring the Dolly Sisters in Oh Les Belles Filles, Paris, 1923 Date: 1923

Background imageDiggers Collection: Two fortune seekers, one man shovelling up washed up dirty water into a cradle

Two fortune seekers, one man shovelling up washed up dirty water into a cradle, another man pouring water while rocking it all the time

Background imageDiggers Collection: The Burra Burra copper-mine in South Australia

The Burra Burra copper-mine in South Australia, showing the surface operations. 1848

Background imageDiggers Collection: Early type of mechanical shovel by Heath Robinson

Early type of mechanical shovel by Heath Robinson
The inventor of the mechanical shovel trying out an early type. Two medieval engineers with a rickety but effective mechanical shovel or digger

Background imageDiggers Collection: Stanley Bruce Alongside Two Australian Soldiers

Stanley Bruce Alongside Two Australian Soldiers
Australian High Commissioner Stanley Bruce (left) stands beside two of his compatriots outside the Strand Theatre, London

Background imageDiggers Collection: Music cover, The Gold Diggers of Broadway

Music cover, The Gold Diggers of Broadway
Music cover, Painting The Clouds With Sunshine, words by al Dubin, music by Joe Burke, from the film The Gold Diggers of Broadway. 1929

Background imageDiggers Collection: Illustrated London News cover - the Diamond Diggers

Illustrated London News cover - the Diamond Diggers
Front cover of The Illustrated London News showing two diamond diggers in South Africa, in the valley of the Vaal river, Orange Free State

Background imageDiggers Collection: Gold rush in New South Wales, Australia

Gold rush in New South Wales, Australia
Loading a horse with necessities for a months encampment at the gold digging site, Ophir, near Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. Date: 1851

Background imageDiggers Collection: Sicily - Syracuse Catacombs

Sicily - Syracuse Catacombs
Black and white Victorian lantern slide of the Catacombs of St John in Syracuse. The catacombs contained 20, 000 Early Christian tombs, though they are now empty following looting by grave diggers

Background imageDiggers Collection: Two diggers playing frying-pans in front of their bell tents

Two diggers playing frying-pans in front of their bell tents
Australia will be there. Two diggers playing frying-pans (as musical instruments) in front of their bell tents with a wonderful parade of Australian animals and birds carrying rifles and saluting

Background imageDiggers Collection: The Holiday Monighan Dragline by Heath Robinson

The Holiday Monighan Dragline by Heath Robinson
A dragline machine usually used in excavation, converted into a pleasant holiday home with room for a swing, a washing line and a diving board

Background imageDiggers Collection: The Corner Grab Crane by Heath Robinson

The Corner Grab Crane by Heath Robinson
The Corner Grab Crane for working round corners - a valuable suggestion by Mr W. Heath Robinson now under consideration by Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd

Background imageDiggers Collection: The Multiplex Dragline by Heath Robinson

The Multiplex Dragline by Heath Robinson
The multiplex dragline for dragging winding streams - another suggestion by Mr W. Heath Robinson. A complicated excavation machine enabling the operator to drag in curving lines. Date: c.1938

Background imageDiggers Collection: The Gentle Art of Excavating - A New Multi-Movement Drag Sho

The Gentle Art of Excavating - A New Multi-Movement Drag Sho
A new multi-movement drag shovel excavating for the foundations of a new cinema. A typically convoluted digger, made from recycled bits of houses

Background imageDiggers Collection: Cartoon of clay-diggers / peasants and mole

Cartoon of clay-diggers / peasants and mole. Woodblock by George Cruikshank, from Chandos Wren-Hoskyns, Talpa or the Chronicles of a Clay Farm. An Agricultural Fragment(3rd edition). Frontispiece

Background imageDiggers Collection: Australia (1880). The life of the gold diggers

Australia (1880). The life of the gold diggers in Botany-Bay (founded in 1788). Engraving

Background imageDiggers Collection: Roosevelts rough diggers

Roosevelts rough diggers. Illustration shows Theodore Roosevelt, dressed as a Rough Rider, leading a group of laborers, armed with shovels, to work on the Panama Canal

Background imageDiggers Collection: Home Defence, World War I

Home Defence, World War I
Home Defence, Wandsworth Battalion digging trenches on Wandsworth Common during World War I in August 1917

Background imageDiggers Collection: Sketches from the New Zealand Gold Rush. Gold-diggers out Pr

Sketches from the New Zealand Gold Rush. Gold-diggers out Pr
Engraving of four men with picks and shovels travelling through the mountainous region in New Zealand where gold had been found

Background imageDiggers Collection: The diggers at Forest Creek, Port Phillip, Australia

The diggers at Forest Creek, Port Phillip, Australia
The Forest Creek gold dig, Mount Alexander, Port Phillip

Background imageDiggers Collection: Diggers at work in the Transvaal gold fields

Diggers at work in the Transvaal gold fields
The Transvaal gold fields, South Africa showing diggers at work

Background imageDiggers Collection: River bed gold sifting on the Turon, Australia

River bed gold sifting on the Turon, Australia
River bed sifting on the Turon river, a sketch from the Turon gold fields, New South Wales. The pump is lowered 12 feet from the surface of the river

Background imageDiggers Collection: Bonanza Hotel, on the south of the Klondike River, Alaska

Bonanza Hotel, on the south of the Klondike River, Alaska
The Bonanza Hotel, one of the most popular hotels for gold diggers on the trail to Dawson, Alaska. Dawson was a town that rose over night during the gold fever of 1896-1897

Background imageDiggers Collection: Gold diggers at rest

Gold diggers at rest
Gold diggers resting in the evening at Mount Alexander, Australia

Background imageDiggers Collection: Fall of meteorites at Hatford, Berkshire, UK

Fall of meteorites at Hatford, Berkshire, UK
When meteorites fall at Hatford, Berkshire, Mistress Greene, a witness, has one dug up, though one of the diggers swoons in terror

Background imageDiggers Collection: Herculaneum Excavation

Herculaneum Excavation
A tunnel leading to the excavated remains of Herculaneum, buried in AD79 by the pyroclastic flow from the erupting Mount Vesuvius

Background imageDiggers Collection: Pearly King in Australia

Pearly King in Australia
A Pearly King at Ingleburn, Australia, asks a group of Diggers to guess the correct number of buttons on his coster suit



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