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A monument commemorates the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the first gold find in Victoria in 1851. It lists information about the gold nuggets found in the Rheola District. 

Gold was discovered at Rheola in 1858. The gold field was named Smiths Gully, and renamed Byrr Lynn by the discoverer of a fresh field in 1868. (There are other versions of this name, however). The name in a few years was reduced to Berlin, and in 1876 was changed to Rheola.



Address:Inglewood - Rheola Road, Pioneers Memorial Park, Rheola, 3517
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.649248
Long: 143.702622
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:1851
Approx. Event End Date:2001


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 17th October, 2001
Front Inscription

Rheola 150 Gold
Unveiled on 17.10.2001
To mark the 150th anniversary of the first gold find in Victoria.
In this Rheola ( formerly Berlin) District twenty alluvial gold
nuggets exceeding 450 ounces were unearthed.
This was one third of all the nuggets
larger than this size officially recorded in Victoria

They included: 
Name                            Weight             Year Found
The Precious                  1621ozs           1871
Viscount Canterbury       1114ozs            1870
Viscountess Canterbury   912ozs           1870
The McEvoy                      810ozs           1857   
The Kum Tow                    796 ozs          1871   


Source: MA
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