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Dry Diggings, VIC

Alternative Names
  • Mount Franklin goldfield

In the 1850s, the district was generally known as the Mount Franklin goldfield but, in 1875, the township of Dry Diggings was surveyed and proclaimed. It is located along the Daylesford-Castlemaine Road (now the Midland Highway) near the intersection by the Sawpit Gully Road, about eight kilometres from Daylesford.

‘Dry Diggings’ was also a term used to describe the alluvial gold diggings, in the Mount Franklin area, affected by the lack of surface water required to wash paydirt.

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