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List of illustrations 6 Acknowledgements 7 1 The Prospect 9 2 'Land of Gold': Irish Migration to the Diggings 23 3 'The Elusive Pile': Working Lives on the Goldfields 53 4 Land, Love or Lucre: Irish Marriages on the West Coast 79 5 Old Beliefs in a New World: Religion on the Mining Frontier 105 6 Far from Home? Diaspora Politics and the West Coast Irish 133 7 Washing Up 153 Bibliography 159 Notes 169