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17-May-2014
17-May-2014

Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin
A monument commemorates the discovery of gold in Beechworth in February 1852.

In February 1852 gold was discovered at Spring Creek, Beechworth. Within eleven months of this discovery, over 8000 hopeful prospectors had descended on the region, transforming the remote and rugged area into a thriving regional centre.

The wealth from the Gold Rush built Beechworth and the nationally significant  buildings that still stand. By 1857 more than 20,000 people lived in Beechworth, and with this influx the town prospered with the building of numerous churches, banks, schools, shops and hotels along with a prison and hospital.

Location

Address:Ford & High Streets, Beechworth, 3747
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.364583
Long: 146.68243
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:February-1852

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1954
Front Inscription
Erected In 1954 To Commemorate
The Discovery Of Gold In Feb. 1852,
Found In The Vicinity Of The
Nearby Spring Creek, And Approx.
80 yds. Southeast Of This Spot
Source: MA
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