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Published January 10th 2014
There’s Gold In Them Hills
I have recently rediscovered the beauty of Warrandyte. I found out that Warrandyte was the home for some early gold strikes.
Source: Richard Daintree / Wikimedia Commons
In the 1850's, a bloke called Louis Michel took a search party to Warrandyte in search of the gold so he could claim a reward offered by the Melbourne city council,. This Melbourne city hotel owner and his mates discovered gold in Anderson's Creek. They were the first successful gold diggers in Victoria and they stayed for many years.
News of the gold discovery spread quickly and many people descended on Warrandyte, but this was short-lived because news of other, richer discoveries in Ballarat persuaded many gold diggers to leave Warrandyte in search of greater prizes.
The gold mining combined with the long enduring Aboriginal history and a strong artistic population have helped create the community of Warrandyte today.
The area has also lived through bushfires and floods and all of this history and much more can be heard on the soundscapes at six listening posts throughout Warrandyte.
Source: Arne and Bent Larsen or A./B. Larsen / Wikimedia Commons
The Warrandyte Soundscapes Trail pamphlet can be picked up from the historic society ,which is also the Museum of Warrandyte in Yarra St.
At each listen post, there is a question that you can find the answer to. Find out, for example, when the grand hotel was established, where the first official goldfield field was, the names of equipment used to collect gold and the other minerals that were found in Warrandyte.
The map provided shows public toilets, parking fines, walking tracks, galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants. The Soundscapes Trail is specific to Warrandyte. but there is much to be learnt about Victoria's history from participating in this fun family activity.