Several of my paternal ancestors sought prosperity in mining. Though I don’t think any became prosperous.
The article below appeared in an English newspaper about the time my ancestors came to Australia in the mid-19th century.
“What will the nuggetts (sic) grow to? The one I sent you, weighing 1 3/4 lb., was thought well of till the 5 lb. lump threw it into the shade;”
All my paternal ancestors highlighted in the pedigree chart below were miners, mining families, or worked in a mine. Mining in Victoria attracted six out of eight 2x great grandparents (or their parents). Three of four of my great grandparents were born in a mining town, as were both my paternal grandparents.