Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

1839-1880

1839
Maldon - First pastoral holding taken up in Maldon District.
 

September
1851
Gold discovered at Forest Creek (Castlemaine).
 

1853
Gold discovered in Maldon District. A rush of up to 18,000 miners seeking alluvial gold but little was found.
 

1854
Maldon - Population grows to about 2,000.
 

1856
Maldon - Mining of the quartz reefs commenced.
 

1861
Maldon - 8th largest town in Victorian - Population 3,341.
 

October
1862
Melbourne to Sandhurst (Bendigo) Railway opened.
 

1864
Maldon - Population around 6,000.
 

July
1875
Castlemaine to Maryborough Railway opened.
 

1876
Preliminary survey for railway from Castlemaine to Maldon and Newbridge.
 

28th
December
1880
Railway Construction Act of 1880 No. DCLXXXII - Schedule eleven - Castlemaine-Maldon Line authorized.
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