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The monument commemorates the discovery of gold in Beechworth in February 1852.

In February 1852 gold was discovered at Spring Creek, Beechworth. Within eleven months of this discovery, over 8000 hopeful prospectors had descended on the region, transforming the remote and rugged area into a thriving regional centre.

The wealth from the Gold Rush built Beechworth and the nationally significant  buildings that still stand. By 1857 more than 20,000 people lived in Beechworth, and with this influx the town prospered with the building of numerous churches, banks, schools, shops and hotels along with a prison and hospital.


Address:Ford Street, Near High Street, Beechworth, 3747
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.364806
Long: 146.682398
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:February-1852


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1954
Front Inscription
Erected In 1954 To Commemorate
The Discovery Of Gold In Feb. 1852,
Found In The Vicinity Of The
Nearby Spring Creek, And Approx. 
80 Yds. Southeast Of This Spot
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au