The Miner's Right
was introduced in 1855
in the colony of Victoria
, replacing the Miner's Licence
. Protests in 1853
with the formation of the Anti-Gold Licence Association
and the rebellion of Eureka Stockade
in December 1854
led to reform of the system with a cheaper annual fee of £1, the right to mine gold, the right to vote, and the right to own land. Previously the mining licence was eight pounds a year.
In Ballarat as at 1978 some houses were still held with the tenure associated with a miner's right.
Other Australian colonies and New Zealand soon replaced the licencing system with Miner's Rights also.