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    Where is Chiltern located?

Chiltern, VIC

Alternative Names
  • Chiltern-Rutherglen Goldfield
  • Indigo

Gold was found in the area around Chiltern before 1853, but it was not until the discovery made by John H. Conness at Indigo, in May 1858, that the goldfield became established. Conness’s find attracted a mining population of over 2,000, about half being Chinese. In July 1860, there was a rush to the Wahgunyah diggings, where the town of Rutherglen developed. Miners deserted the area for the New South Wales fields in 1866.

Jessica Redmond

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

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