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04-March-2014
04-March-2014

Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin

Obelisk with lamp commemorates the discovery of gold near this site.

Rutherglen is in the Wahgunyah pastoral run taken up by John Foord in 1841. In 1860 the Wahgunyah Rush township grew among a gold field discovered about ten kilometres to the south-east. A hotel proprietor, John Wallace, brought a hotel building to the goldfield and the growing township was named after his Scottish birthplace, Rutherglen.

Within a year it was estimated that the population of the Rutherglen gold diggings was upwards of 10,000. A school was opened opposite Wallace`s Star Hotel in October, 1860, along with Catholic, Presbyterian and Congregational churches. By 1862 the easily won gold was petering out and by 1864 there were fewer than 800 miners

Location

Address:Murray Valley Highway & Drummond Street, Rutherglen, 3685
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.052256
Long: 146.455232
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:September-1860
Approx. Event End Date:September-1860

Dedication

Front Inscription

Rutherglen goldfield discovered near this cairn

September 1860

Source: MA,VMR,RHSV
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