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Gold Discovery
Gold Discovery
Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

This monument credits James Esmond with "credited with the earliest media announcement of payable gold in Victoria". Obelisk is of sandstone blocks on a granite base.

Gold was discovered near Clunes but kept quiet by squatters for fear of rushes onto their properties, and it was discovered before it had been discovered at Warrandyte. In July 1851, James Esmond, who had been to the goldfields of California, came to Clunes and mined some samples from the quartz, then journeyed to Geelong to report the discovery. He reached Geelong on Saturday, 5th July 1851 where his report was received with great enthusiasm.


Address:Camp Street, Clunes, 3370
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.289586
Long: 143.785163
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event STart Date:01-July-1851
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Actual Event End Date:01-July-1851
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Front Inscription

Plaque 1 :

Borough of Clunes

The first gold discovered in Victoria was found near this spot on July 1st 1851 by James William Esmond

Plaque 2 :

Erected by the Clunes in Melbourne Club

Source: RUMV
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