Mopoke Gully is a locality in Ballarat, near Black Hill.
Geography and climate
In 1862 Mopoke Gully had a brickmaking industry. Plans to extend Macarthur Street to Black Hill were opposed by the brickmakers as it would interfere with their operations. In 1863, Mat Gowland, a brickmaker at Mopoke Gully wrote to The Star complaining about paying a £10 licence fee. This fee enabled the brickmaker to have two acres of ground for brickmaking.
Gowland had earlier described conditions:
"...in Mopoke Gully they are working ground which is nothing better than a sludge channel, and are even converting the sludge into bricks, &c; and by some oversight of the law they must pay at the rate of £40 per acre per annum for it, or much more in one year than would buy a freehold allotment of land in a better situation."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "A road to the Black Hill," The Star, Saturday 16 August 1862, pg. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66326397, (accessed January 18, 2014)
- ↑ Gowland, Matt, "The Brickmakers' Grievance," The Star, Saturday 16 May 1863, pg. 3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72557052, (accessed January 18, 2014)
- ↑ "Letters to the Editor: Brickmaking," The Star, Friday 16 August 1861, pg. 3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66341378, (accessed January 17, 2014)
- ↑ Gowland, Matt, "The Brickmakers' Grievance," The Star, Saturday 9 May 1863, pg. 3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72556858, (accessed January 18, 2014)
--Beth Kicinski 08:03, 25 August 2013 (EST)