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Gold  Monument : 09-October-2011
Gold Monument : 09-October-2011

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders

The monument commemorates the centenary of the finding of gold at Poverty Point and icommemorates the pioneer miners of Ballarat. It records gold yields, nuggets and the richest recorded yields of both alluvial and quartz mines.

The replica gold nugget on the monument is the `Welcome Nugget`, found in Ballarat in 1858. The nugget weighed 2,217 ounces and was sold for £10,500.

Something more ornate than a cairn of Ballarat quartz with inscribed bronze plates is suggested as a memorial to mark Ballarat's gold centenary. It has been proposed that part of the Pioneers' Memorial Fund might be used. This fund was started with £1300 profit from the 1938 centenary celebrations.
Age (Melbourne), 16 December 1949.


Address:Sturt & Albert Streets, Ballarat, 3350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.562322
Long: 143.859192
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:21-August-1851
Actual Event End Date:21-August-1851
Monument Manufacturer:Ballarat Historical Society


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1951
Front Inscription

1851 Gold 1951

This monument was erected by the Ballarat Historical Society  to commemorate the finding of gold at Poverty Point 21st August 1851 and is dedicated to the memory of pioneer miners of Ballarat

Left Side Inscription

Richest recorded yields alluvial mines 

Band of Hope 303269 Ozs

Prince of Wales 168929

Koh I Noor 164157

Great Redan Ex 110111

Albion 107125

Bonshaw Fr 96520

Park 94699

St George 86702

Sir Wm Don 76830

Hand in Hand 76830

Sir Henry Loch 43562


Quartz Mines 

Star of the East 256758 Ozs

Band of Hope 158299

Victoria United 152013

N Woah Hawp 129562

New Normanby 127562

Britannia 103225

Llanberris No 1 100533

Black Hill 91665

Last Chance U 83766

Llanberris 71364

Speedwell 66000

South Star 64444

Sulieman Pasha Companies 62666

Right Side Inscription

Recorded gold yield 20606000 ozs

Nuggets Alluvial 

Welcome  2217 ozs

Saraha Sands  1619

Lady Hotham  1177

Canadian 1 1117

Canadian 2 1011

Koh 1 Noor  834

Eureka 625

Lady Loch 617

Prince of Wales 606

Bakery Hill 571

Native Youth 540

Faboulous yields of earliest diggings not offically recorded  Quartz Nuggets

N Woah Hawp 5-- 300 200 Ozs

White Horse 500

Woah Hawp  444 266 262

Canton 257 200

Q Victoria lease 410

U Black Hill Coy 315

Tinworths 250

Parade Coy 245


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au