Another way in which the gold rush impacted the Australian society was through the concept of mateship. The conditions on the gold fields used to be intensely difficult and hence everyone relied on each other for help. The bonds became the diggers became so strong that they transcended any form of friendship. The concept first came to notice during the First World War (aus.gov).
This concept was however not originated during the gold rush but merely developed there. It was first formulated during the times of the pastoral workers. So strong was this concept of brotherhood during the First World War that it was used to recruit soldiers for the war effort. Also, the Australians were polled on their return form the First World War and one in three regarded the experience of mateship as being incomparable.