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Gold Discovery Monument
Gold Discovery Monument

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Commemorating gold discoveries in the area and gold to the value of £6,000,000 was produced.

John Mechosk, a German prospector discovered gold at the foot of Mount Tarrangower in 1853, thereby initiating a rush of some 20 000 diggers who initially devoted themselves to alluvial mining. In the 1860`s Maldon rivalled Bendigo for returns but, by 1870, the gold had begun to dwindle. In the subsequent years mines began to close and the population declined.

Location

Address:Maldon - Castlemaine Road, Maldon, 3463
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.006528
Long: 144.070583
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:1853
Approx. Event End Date:1853

Dedication

Front Inscription

This cairn is a tribute to the pioneers who first discovered gold near this spot in 1853, and is in honor also of all the men by whose enterprise and labour gold has been won in Maldon to the value of P6,000,000 Dec, 1926

Source: MA,VMR
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