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Pinkey Point Gold Discovery
Pinkey Point Gold Discovery

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The monument commemorates the discovery of gold at Pinkey Point in 1854.

Gold was first discovered in the vicinity at Pinkey Point, six kilometres west of present-day Ararat in 1854. Other leads followed and there were soon 9000 people within  the area known as `Cathcart` which was named after a popular actress of the time.

As part of Ararat's centenary celebrations, a memorial commemorating the discovery of gold at Pinkey Point, Cathcart, in May, 1854, was unveiled on yesterday. The Pinkey Point discovery started the Ararat gold rush. The memorial was unveiled by Mrs. P. Nicholson, sister of Air Vice-Marshal Scherger, whose great grandparents were early settlers in the district.
The Argus (Melbourne), 3rd October 1956.



Address:Ararat - Halls Gap Road & Better Rte Road, , Cathcart, 3377
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.293115
Long: 142.869818
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:May-1854
Approx. Event End Date:May-1854


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 2nd October, 1956
Front Inscription

Pinkey Point

Here, in May 1854, Joseph Pollard and his mates found the first gold in the Ararat District

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