Creswick

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Background

Creswick is a town situated inwest-central Victoria, Australia, and part of Ballarat Electorate. It is located 18 kilometres north of Ballarat and 129 km northwest of Melbourne, in the Shire of Hepburn. It is 430 metres above sea level. At the 2011 census, Creswick had a population of 3,303. Creswick was named after the Creswick family, the pioneer settlers of the region.[1]

The historic Victorian gold mining town of Creswick; cradled between ancient volcanic hilltops, this picturesque town boasts a resident population of more than 3,000 people. Set amongst majestic eucalypts, Creswick's broad elegantly curved main street is lined with buildings that owe their existence to the region's common benefactor - gold.[2]

Built on the proceeds of rich gold deposits mined from the 1850s, Creswick today proudly displays fine examples of the grand architecture so reminiscent of that bygone era, such as the former State Savings Bank, Post Office, Library, and Creswick Havilah Masonic Lodge.[3]

Creswick is the Australian birthplace of reforestation. John La Gerche began re-planting forest areas ravaged by mining activity in 1882. Today, much of La Gerche's work survives around Creswick including magnificent plantings lining local streets and a 40 minute walk which highlights his work. [4]

In 1885 the country’s 14th Prime Minister, John Curtin, was born in the town and called it home for some years. [5]

Tunnellers associated with the town of Creswick

Frederick W. Benbow - William John Lavars - George McWilliam - Thomas A. Treeby

Also See

Creswick School of Mines

Schools of Mines

Other Links

Creswick North State School Honour Board - http://www.creswicksmeatonrsl.org.au/honour-boards-3.html

References

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creswick,_Victoria, accessed 29 September 2014.
  2. http://www.creswick.net/, accessed 29 September 2014.
  3. http://www.creswick.net/, accessed 29 September 2014.
  4. http://www.creswick.net/, accessed 29 September 2014.
  5. http://www.creswick.net/, accessed 29 September 2014.