"Castlemaine, another town built on gold discovery" Castlemaine by Kate-Me
Castlemaine Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 62 photos
"In 1851 in a gentle wooded valley in a faraway corner of the world, gold was discovered.
Australia would never be the same again."
When I read these words at the Castlemaine Tourist Information Centre on an interpretive board recently, the words really struck a chord.
Yes, I think that's exactly how you could sum up a huge part of Australia,
especially the state of Victoria.
The whole area I live in, Ballarat, and around a 200 km radius north, north east and north west (and a lot of towns in between) was founded on the discovery of gold above all else. It's what really put Australia on the map.
As a friend remarked to me recently, "Nobody really cared about a distant convict outpost like Australia until gold was discovered". And it's true.
Sure, before 1851 there were growing numbers of free settlers and farmers (and ever increasing thousands of sheep), but the eyes of the world didn't turn to Australia until the discovery of gold captured the imagination of people far and wide, from all different nationalities and backgrounds.
More info on the region: www.maldoncastlemaine.com
- Pros:Gold history is still a celebrated and evident part of the city's heritage
- Cons:Seems a little bit remote and a fair way from a capital city
- In a nutshell:Great architecture, interesting history.
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