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Gold Discovery Monument
Gold Discovery Monument

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

The monument commemorates the pioneers who discovered gold in the area in 1853 and honours all who produced gold to the value of £6,000,000. 

John Meschosk, a German prospector discovered gold at the foot of Mount Tarrangower in 1853, thereby initiating a rush of some 20 000 diggers who initially devoted themselves to alluvial mining. In the 1860`s Maldon rivalled Bendigo for returns but, by 1870, the gold had begun to dwindle. In the subsequent years mines began to close and the population declined.


Address:Maldon - Castlemaine Road, Maldon, 3463
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.006305
Long: 144.071456
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:1853
Approx. Event End Date:1853


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:December-1926
Front Inscription

Is A Tribute To The
Pioneers Who First
Discovered Gold Near
This Spot In 1853, And
Is In Honor Also Of
All The Men By Whose
Enterprise And Labour
Gold Has Been Won In
Maldon To The Value Of
Dec, 1926

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