What though of the rest of the state and the overall prosepcts for gold mining in the coming decade?
Just look at the changes that the decade just gone had brought with it. At the start of the 1850s, NSW was still recovering from the great depression that had scoured it in the first half of the 1840s and the continuing need to unlock capital investment allied to land reform were pressing issues that the gold rush did much to influence.
Over the decade then past, Victoria and Queensland had both set up as independent states and transportation of convicts to NSW wound up just before gold was discovered in 1851.
These were still tumultuous days for the fledgling colony. While the chaos of the intial gold rushes had subsided, longer term social structural issues like good roads safe from predation by bushrangers had been brought very much to the fore and of course both pastoral land reforms and immigration policy were very much works in progress.
Roll on the 1860s!