Maldon Historic Reserve
Address: Bendigo-Maldon Road Rd, Maldon, Victoria 3463
Freecall: 131 963
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.
Before you go
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The township of Maldon is accessed via the Calder Alternative Highway from the Bendigo-Maldon Road, or via the Pyrenees Highway from the Castlemaine-Maldon Road or the Maldon-Newstead Road.
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Gold was first found at Maldon in 1853 resulting in a rush of some 20 000 diggers to the alluvial gullies around Maldon. By the following year only 2000 remained. After the initial rush, companies were set up to mine the quartz reefs and alluvial mining was carried out using puddling machines powered by horse or steam.In the 1860s the amount of quartz reef gold produced at Maldon almost rivalled Bendigo, Victoria's richest quartz mining field. This prosperity was short lived and from 1870 - 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. For most of this century, Maldon experienced very little growth and this has preserved many of the historic buildings and features that remain today.
Looking After the Park
* Obey fire regulations and restrictions and remember that no fires, including barbecues, may be lit on days of Total Fire Ban. (North West Total Fire Ban district.) * Take your rubbish with you. * Backfill any holes dug while fossicking. * All native plants and animals are protected by law. * Historic features and artefacts must not be damaged, disturbed or removed from the reserve.
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