Definition of gold licence in English:

gold licence

noun

Australian
historical
  • A permit to dig for gold.

    ‘the final injustice for diggers was the introduction of a compulsory gold licence’
    • ‘They formed a league to oppose the gold licence and the brutal enforcement of it.’
    • ‘Most significant of Australian gold-rush ephemera is the gold licence, a key item in the prospector's often meagre possessions.’
    • ‘To control the miners, and to make money for the new colony, the Victorian governor introduced a gold licence.’
    • ‘Despite being denied the right to vote, they were forced to pay a gold licence.’
    • ‘Their next meal depends on their finding gold to pay for it and their gold licence.’