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The society is preparing a site, including the original mine for the new Chinese Gum San museum just across the road.
Ararat today is a city of 8000 people astride the Western Highway between Melbourne and Adelaide in the Great Dividing Range.
Many beautiful old buildings still stand in the city, including the treasury, built to hold the tons of gold won from the diggings.
We continue to hear of large nuggets being unearthed from sites that have been well worked.Soon the roar of hundreds of gold cradles rocking the gold through, filled the Ararat valley as the diggers found the Wet Leads which branch from Mullock Bank and the Old Deep Lead at Bridal Hill and extended to Caledonian Lead north of the town."In one instance," wrote the resident Gold Warden "eleven pounds troy of gold was washed from three loads of stuff from the wet lead." In four hectic weeks the population soared to 20,000.The Crescent City, Foo's Golden Age, The Ancient Briton, Noah's Ark, and a dozen other hotel bowling alleys and saloons took their share of the diggers' gold.We welcome visitors from overseas and wish you luck with your endeavours.
This news whets ones appetite, and I intend to head back to the Victorian gold fields next week to try my luck for that illusive yellow metal, in a nice secluded location I "discovered" on my last trip.The Chinese, having been responsible for the discovery of the Canton Lead, continued to play a major role in the development of the city of Ararat.It was to promote the public awareness of the role played by the Chinese in the discovery of gold and the settlement of Ararat that the Ararat Chinese Heritage Society was formed.There was said to be 500 sly grog shanties on the field at one time.