Miners' Rest

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In the early 1850s, Miners Rest occupied a strategic location, being midway between the then recently discovered goldfields of Clunes and Buninyong, and on the Burrumbeet Creek, a source of permanent and flowing water. The small township was therefore established before Ballarat. The name of the town also signified its role as a resting place, with many hotels and other accommodation houses providing respite on the route from one goldfield to another.[1]

Located on the Burrumbeet Creek., Miners Rest is adjacent to the Dowling Forest racecourse which holds regular, very popular, meetings. Visitors either came via coach or by train. Miners Rest also boasted a good Mechanic's Institute in 1898 as well as a state school, 2 hotels and 4 churches and was always a general farming community with some early mining activity. Today the Dundas Street school, the World War One memorial and the Mechanic's Institute building are worthy of interest as is the racecourse. The site of the former Golden Wells Hotel is still observable and some trees on the Pound Hill Road leading to the old Pound in Dowling Forest could be of interest.[2]


The discovery of gold in Ballarat in 1853 rapidly eroded the function of Miners Rest as an important resting place to and from Clunes, with the function of the town changing to a service centre for the surrounding agricultural district and horse racing industry.[3]


Contents

Etymology

Miners Rest was named as being a resting place for miners en route to the goldfields.[4]

History

Governance

Geography and climate

Environment

Economy

Demography

Culture

Sport

Horse racing was held at Dowling Forest from the 1850s and the formal establishment of the Dowling Forest Racecourse in 1867 assisted to revive some of the early fortunes of the settlement.[5]

Industry

Tourism

Transport

Architecture

Education

Media

See also

Newmarket Hotel

Notes

  1. Jacobs, Wendy, Gates and Gate Posts, Driveway and Ponds 80 Howe Street Miners Rest, Heritage report for the City of Ballarat. Accessed from http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/media/3292523/ballarat_c193_heritage_investigation_report.pdf on 07 September 2015.
  2. City of Ballarat Heritage Study (Stage 2) April 2003: Thematic History.
  3. City of Ballarat Heritage Study (Stage 2) April 2003: Thematic History.
  4. City of Ballarat, 5 January 2012. Roads and Open Space Index. Ballarat: City of Ballarat
  5. Jacobs, Wendy, Gates and Gate Posts, Driveway and Ponds 80 Howe Street Miners Rest, Heritage report for the City of Ballarat. Accessed from http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/media/3292523/ballarat_c193_heritage_investigation_report.pdf on 07 September 2015.

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Further reading

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--Beth Kicinski 15:04, 20 July 2012 (EST)

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