- Community leader and Doctor
Dr William Fisher Preshaw arrived in Castlemaine in August 1852, and from the outset the town benefited from his public spirit. He was active in initiating and establishing many much needed amenities and organisations, including the first hospital in 1853. As the town’s first health officer, Preshaw arranged smallpox vaccinations and became the district coroner.
The first permanent school, and the Mechanics’ Institute (which included a public library), resulted from his support for education. An advocate for local government, Preshaw was instrumental in the formation of the first municipal council and, as Returning Officer, arranged and supervised elections in Castlemaine.