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    Where is Barkers Creek located?

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    Inquest - Charles Leary, 1854, courtesy of Public Record Office Victoria, Victorian Archives Centre.

Barkers Creek, VIC

In 1843 a squatter, Dr William Barker, occupied the northern section of the Mount Alexander region and a stream, which ran past his house and settlement, was called Barkers Creek. In July 1851 shepherds, Christopher Thomas Peters, John Worley, George Robinson and Robert Keen discovered gold at Specimen Gully, Barkers Creek. They are regarded as the first discoverers of gold in the Castlemaine area and, in April 1866, Worley and Robinson received a reward of 250 pounds each. The other two men could not be traced.

The 1857 census recorded that the Barkers Creek goldfield had a population of 296 males and 107 females, while in 1901 there were 82 males and 70 females living there.

Anna Davine

Mount Alexander Mail, 12 January 1885, p. 2. Details
Carr, H.A., The birthplace of the Mount Alexander goldfields, H.A. Carr, 1999. 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

See also

Barker, William