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22-September-2015
22-September-2015

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Cairn marks the discovery of gold at Mafeking and marks the site of the township. The cairn was erected in the centenary year of the Shire of Ararat. A plaque was unveiled on the memorial in 2000 to commemorate the centenary of the discovery of gold at Mafeking. 

Mafeking was the site of the last major gold rush in Victoria to new auriferous ground, which began in June 1900 after being discovered by P.E. and F.H. Emmett.

Prospecting for alluvial gold occurred along nearly every creek and gully to the north, south and east of the township of Mafeking. The field contains well-preserved evidence of shallow alluvial sinkings and hydraulic sluicing, but the features are very overgrown.

At its peak the township supported seven policemen and a newspaper, but the rush was short-lived and by 1903 many people had left the area. The township was destroyed by fire in 1939, and a memorial marks the township site today

Location

Address:Emmett Road & Jimmys Creek Road, 8km from turnoff at Grampians Road, Mafeking, 3379
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.380445
Long: 142.547598
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 25th March, 1964
Front Inscription

Plaque :

SITE OF
MAFEKING TOWNSHIP
& GOLDFIELD

Gold Discovered By
P.E. & F.H. EMMETT
In June 1900. Population 10,000.

Erected By The
Shire of Ararat & Subscribers
25th March 1964

Plaque :

THIS CAIRN
Was Erected In 1964 
The Centenary Year Of
The Shire Of Ararat

R. Tully President

 

Left Side Inscription

This plaque commemorates the centenary of the discovery of
gold at Mafeking in 1900
and was unveiled on

25th June, 2000
          by
Brian Emmett  
grandson of Frank Emmett,
one of the original party to discover gold at Mafeking.

Formation of the Mafeking Goldmining Company in 1900 by
four Emmett brothers and George Mason
heralded the last of Victoria's old style gold rushes.

 

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