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    Where is Ararat located?

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    Aradale Mental Hospital, Ararat, courtesy of State Library of Victoria.

Ararat, VIC

Alternative Names
  • Mt William Goldfield

Joseph Pollard discovered gold at Pinky Point, about three miles west of where Ararat lies today, in May or June 1854. The area became known as the Mt William Goldfield. Miners did not flock to the region until a series of discoveries between 1856 and 1858 precipitated the Ararat Rush, which led to the establishment of one of Victoria’s largest mining populations. The peak of the rush was in April 1857 when Chinese gold seekers discovered the Canton Lead.

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Bannear, David, Heritage Victoria, Historic gold mining information, Department of Sustainability and Environment. Details
Flett, James, The history of gold discovery in Victoria, The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne, 1970. Details