Pleasant Creek Gold MemorialPrint Page
Granite memorial commemorates the centenary of the discovery of gold at Pleasant Creek in 1853.
Gold was first discovered in Pleasant Creek near this memorial in May 1853, by William McLachlan, a hut keeper (or shepherd) employed by a Dr. Blunden. McLachlan found gold after panning in the Pleasant Creek, which was at that time part of Blunden's Concongella Station.
This small find drew prospectors to the area which resulted in the large gold rush of 1857.
Discoverers of new goldfields were usually rewarded by the Gold Fields Reward Board but McLachlan`s claim was disallowed as he was not directly responsible for the later finds.
|Address:||Burgh & Seaby Streets, Stawell , 3380|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.066309|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||May-1853|
|Approx. Event End Date:||May-1853|
|Monument Designer:||Stanley Hammond (sculptor)|
|Monument Manufacturer:||G.H.Robson & Sons (Stawell Vic) stonemasons|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 12th November, 1953|
Erected by the Stawell Progress Association near the spot in Pleasant Creek where the first gold was found by William McLachlan