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26-November-2014
26-November-2014

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

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.

The centenary of gold will be commemorated with "home to Stawell", celebrations for a week from tomorrow. Visitors will be given a civic reception at the town hall tomorrow night. On Thursday a centenary memorial at Stawell West, commemorating the finding of gold, will be unveiled by Mr. Cain. Premier. On Saturday, there will be a procession and carnival in Central Park, and on Sunday afternoon, at Big Hill, a memorial to pioneers will be unveiled. The celebrations will end on Wednesday next week with a civic farewell at the Town Hall. 
Argus (Melbourne), 10 November 1953.

Location

Address:Black Range Road & Burgh Street, Stawell , 3380
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.066309
Long: 142.762606
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:May-1853
Approx. Event End Date:May-1953
Monument Designer:Stanley Hammond (sculptor)
Monument Manufacturer:G.H.Robson & Sons (Stawell Vic) stonemasons

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 12th November, 1953
Front Inscription

          ERECTED
            By The
Stawell Progress Association
Near The Spot In Pleasant Creek
Where The First Gold Was Found
          By
WILLIAM McLACHLAN
     May 1853.

Source: MA,VMR,RHSV
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