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Maldon Historic Area



Located in and around the township of Maldon, the Maldon Historic Reserve protects many relics from the gold mining era – abandoned shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, quartz roasting kilns, stone walls, chimneys and machinery – as well as the box and ironbark forests.

Historical Background - Gold was first found at Maldon in 1853, resulting in a rush of some 20,000 diggers to the alluvial gullies in the area. By the following year only 2000 remained. After the initial rush, alluvial mining continued using puddling machines powered by horse or steam, and companies were set up to mine the quartz reefs.

In the 1860s the amount of quartz reef gold produced at Maldon almost rivalled Bendigo, Victoria's richest quartz mining field, and the town grew rapidly with many shops, houses and other buildings. But this prosperity was short-lived, and from 1870 to 1900 Maldon remained the poor cousin to Bendigo. As gold production declined, the mines closed and the population dwindled.

The last mine, the North British, closed in 1926. Maldon grew and changed little through the 20th century and this preserved the historic buildings and features that remain today.


Address | Contact


Parkins Reef Road,  Maldon 3463, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: X909 Ref: C5

Web Links


Link Maldon Historic Area (Parks Victoria)

Link Maldon Historic Area - Park note (PDF)

Link Maldon Historic Area Map (PDF optimised for mobile devices)

Link Heritage story - Ghosts of a noisy past, Maldon (PDF)



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