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Plaque on the stone cottage of shepherd who discovered gold which resulted in the local goldrush. The first European settler in the region was a Doctor Barker whose Ravenswood No.1 Run encompassed the present townsite. His homestead was located at what is now the northern end of town (the site is indicated by a roadside plaque on the eastern side of Eagles Road, near Barkers Creek).

It was on this property that a shepherd named John Worley found gold in 1851. Subsequently, thousands of prospectors from around the globe descended on the Mount Alexander area. So prominent a destination was it that the road out of Melbourne was known as Mount Alexander Road.


Address:Specimen Gully Road, 2 kilometres from Calder Highway, Harcourt, 3453
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.000278
Long: 144.259444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Source: MA
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