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Bendigo’s first discovery was in 1851 when a traveler spending the night in the area saw flecks of gold in slate. Significant discoveries followed this enough to send a Commissioner to establish mining claims. The early years of the town began in 1853 and it was known then as Castelton. In 1891 it underwent a name change to Sandhurst before being officially named Bendigo by the colonial government in 1891. During the early years a lot of gold discovered in Western and Northern Victoria. More than 3,000 Chinese were working on the Bendigo goldfields by 1861. Numerous Germans, Cornish, Irish and Canadians were also attracted to the area which provided Bendigo with quite a cultural mix which all contributed their own style to the existence Bendigo. The town produced some 25 million ounces during the period of 1851 to 1954 when the last gold was excavated from the underground mines. After the gold ran out, the community built laundries, tailor shops, hotels and shops, gambling houses and established market gardens. The more prominent residents at the time were doctors, dentist, architects and lawyers.
Today the city has some very grand buildings which stand testament to its rich past as well as museums which tell the stories of its gold mining past as well as the Chinese history in the area. The Golden Dragon Museum has some very impressive displays including the worlds oldest and largest imperial dragons. The Joss House, built from hand made bricks is also an important centre of Bendigo.
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