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Fourth Hill - Gold Memorial

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 20th 2019
There was once gold in them hills, maybe there still is



In 1851, a reward was offered for a significant discovery of gold in Victoria. This was said to stop Victorians heading for New South Wales when gold was discovered in Bathurst in early 1851.

sign
The sign near the car park.


Louis Michel and William Haberlain found grains of alluvial gold in Anderson Creek in Warrandyte in June 1851. Within a few weeks 300 miners were panning for gold along Anderson Creek.

Cairn
The memorial cairn on the edge of Anderson Creek.


In 1935, a memorial cairn was built on the spot to commemorate the first discovery of gold in Victoria.

plaque
The wording on the cairn plaque.


Nearby is an illustrated plaque about the first discovery of gold.

sign
How the gold was found.


The Warrandyte State Park covers a large area in the Warrandyte area on both sides of the Yarra, but mostly on the south side.

Away from the river are smaller parks, still designated as part of the Warrandyte State Park, Fourth Hill is one of them.

Next to Fourth Hill is Whipstick Gully which many abandoned mine sites where miners tunnelled into the side of hills looking for seams of gold. That is another story.

In the main street of Warrandyte is a monument recording the State battery which was built in 1897, on the bank of the Yarra River to crush ore from the Warrandyte goldfields.

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The memorial site in Main Street.


plaque
The wording on the Main street plaque.


If you are a history buff and like short walks of discovery, Fourth Hill is for you.
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Where: Gold Memorial Road, Fourth Hill, Warrandyte State Park. Melways: Map 35 E.2.
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