Gold was discovered in Warrandyte in June 1851! This was the first official published goldfield in Victoria. See a fascinating display at the Warrandyte Historical Society Museum that tells the story of Pure Gold.
Warrandyte is justifiably proud of its place in the history of gold in Victoria. In June 1851 gold was discovered at Anderson’s Creek; this first official published goldfield was named the Victoria Field in honour of the new Colony and became the first place in the Colony to issue gold mining licences.
2021 celebrated the 170th anniversary of that first find by Louis John Michel and his team. A complete display is available to visitors in the Museum during opening hours and an interesting and colourful banners display will be accessible external to the Museum when we are closed.
These displays showcase both the discovery of gold and how this discovery shaped the township and community. They convey the lure of gold and excitement around the discovery that continue to this day.