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Gold Discovery Cairn

Nestled among cedar trees in a tiny gully on Specimen Gully Road is a cairn with the words ‘The first gold from the Mount Alexander Goldfield was discovered in this gully by Christopher John Peters on 20th July 1851. Associated with him were John Worley, Robert Keen and George Robinson.’

These men had been working on Dr William Barker’s pastoral run. Their find changed life forever.

The ensuing gold-rush brought many people into what had been sheep pasture. The discovery ushered in a time of great riches for the infant colony of Victoria.