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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.

Location

Address:Burgh & Seaby Streets, 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-1853
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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