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No doubt, many others seeking their little patch of gold will join me. Editor Email: [email protected] n late May, 1857, a party of illegal Chinese miner immigrants were making their way overland from Robe in South Australia to the Victorian goldfields.
While resting at Ararat in Victoria they discovered the fabulous Canton Lead.
ver the past two months there have been some exceptional nuggets found.
Being three miles in length, the lead was to become the richest shallow alluvial goldfield in the world.
European miners retaliated by burning their tents and chasing them from the ground. Seven thousand diggers were on the Canton by the first week in June and hundreds more were on their way from the diggings at Dunolly, Maryborough, Avoca and other fields.
Some walked carrying their swags, some pushed handcarts, and the lucky ones rode.
Many beautiful old buildings still stand in the city, including the treasury, built to hold the tons of gold won from the diggings.
Visitors to the city are well catered for with many hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast establishments in and around the city.