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Maldon, VIC

The discoverer of the Maldon goldfield (also known as Tarrangower Diggings) in December 1853 remains unclear, but the principal contender appears to have been a party led by Captain John G. Mechosk. Maldon was surveyed and proclaimed in 1856. By 1860 it had the reputation of being one of Victoria’s major quartz reefing fields with the subsequent boom continuing into the early 1900s. Mining was Maldon’s life centre, but other industries emerged including flour mills, brick kilns, soda-water factories, breweries, glue factories and smaller businesses catering for miners and their families.

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Bannear, David, Heritage Victoria, Historic gold mining information, Department of Sustainability and Environment. Details
Blackman G. and J. Larkin, Maldon: Australia’s first notable town, Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, 1978. Details
Flett, James, The history of gold discovery in Victoria, The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne, 1970. Details
Watson, A.B., The lost & almost forgotten towns of colonial Victoria, A.B. Watson, 2003. Details