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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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||01-July-1851|
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|Actual Event End Date:||01-July-1851|
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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