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    Australasia Mine No 2

    by Kate-Me Updated May 9, 2003
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    Favorite thing: This large mullock heap, 2 kms out of town, is all that now remains of Australasia Mine no 2, site of Australia's worst gold mining disaster in 1882.

    In 1882 the town had a population of 27,000 people and legend has it, 50 temporary pubs!
    The town grew rapidly after the discovery of gold in 1851.

    In 1882 Creswick was a thriving town surrounded by 'deep lead' gold mines found beneath the basalt rock.
    Some rich pockets of gold had been discovered there.

    On the day of the disaster, the men were working 250 feet down the mineshaft. Water burst into the shaft 'like a cannon' it was said, and in a few moments the water had increased to a great volume. Men made for the shaft, chased by a mounting wall of water and mud.
    Rescuers did their best get to the trapped men, but the water was several feet high.
    (a total of 41 miners had been working underground that day, and 22 perished)

    * mullock is technically described as being: "all non auriferous sand, clay or bedrock taken out of a mine"
    A memorial to the survivors was erected and can be seen at the mine site, near the pile of white stones covering the mine entrance, along with a static historical display.
    You can climb the mullock heap and see rabbit burrows in the sides, note all the different colours of clay (incl. a pretty pale blue) and see out over the edge of the Creswick township.
    Many other smaller mullock heaps can be seen from this good vantage point.

    You can still pan for gold in Creswick at the Slaty Creek picnic area, off Melbourne Road)
    I was surprised at a recent town meeting at the number of locals who still believe there is a cache of 'hidden gold' still waiting to be discovered....
    Who knows?
    I do know that just a few months ago, a guy with a gold detector found a 22 ounce nugget at a 'secret' site in the region (gold being worth over $500 per ounce, that would have netted him a lot of money!)
    You still need to buy a licence to prospect though, just like in the old days.

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    Victorian School of Forestry

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 30, 2003
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    Favorite thing: Creswick is commonly known as the "Home of Forestry" due to the presence of the internationally accredited Victorian School of Forestry, which has a long tradition in the town (starting in 1912 in some of the buildings which formed part of the original Creswick Hospital)
    At Creswick students spend years 2 and 3 of their 4 year Bachelor of Forest Science Degree. (Years 1 and 4 are spent at Melbourne University).
    For some, it is their first taste of life living in the country. The school is set in large attractive grounds, surrounded by many different types of trees (labelled for identification) and is particularly pretty in the autumn with the changing colours of its deciduous trees). The rear of the school backs close to a hillside blue gum plantation (planted by the students about 13 years ago) and the Creswick State (pine) Forest. Beside it is another important industry, the Timber Training Centre.
    After completing their Forestry degree, students then have the skills to move into employment areas such as Forest Management, Research, Fire Management and Forest Consulting.
    There are also post graduate courses offered.
    The school is a very important part of Creswick's past and present, and in recent years, has undergone multi million dollar extensions.

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    Rotunda II

    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 17, 2006
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    Favorite thing: The Post Office as viewed from beneath the cast iron lacework of Creswick's rotunda in the Main Street.

    Photo 2: The Post office in 2003 as "Eva's Rooms for rent" during Salem's Lot filming.

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    Creswick heritage housing 1

    by Kate-Me Written Jul 5, 2004

    Favorite thing: This Victorian cottage (era 1920's-40's or so) is an example of the housing you will see not just in Creswick, but all over this region of Victoria.

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    Fake Petrol Station

    by Kate-Me Written Jul 31, 2003
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    Favorite thing: A small fake petrol station with bowsers was constructed in the main street just in front of the bowling green, to be the site of the spectacular explosion of the second last evening.

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