Daylesford is a town located in the Shire of Hepburn, Victoria, Australia. It is a former goldmining town about 115 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. At the 2006 census, Daylesford had a population of 3,073.
Origin of the name
Daylesford was initially called Wombat, and was known as the Jim Crow Goldfield.
Daylesford Mayors (1863–1921)
|William E. Stanbridge||1870–1871|
|Henry Head Sainsbury||1874–1875|
|Henry Head Sainsbury||1875–1876|
|John William King||1905–1906|
|R. C. Densem||1911-1912|
|G. H. Walton||1915–1916|
|J. B. Howe||1916–1917|
|W. L. Harris||1917–1918|
|J. W. King||1924–1925, retired due to ill health in October 1924.|
|W. A. Weir||Oct 1924–1925|
|H. A. M. Broomfield||1932|
|Edgar Hart||1955 (died in office)|
Geography and climate
White and Oldham, wheelwrights and coach builders
- “BACK TO DAYLESFORD.”
- The municipal welcome to “home comers” was held in the Town Hall this morning, and several hundreds, among whom were Mrs Harvey, the first native white girl in Daylesford, who was born at Tipperary Point, in 1855; Mrs Emmitt, born Daylesford, 1856; Mr “Ned” Moore, here in 1854, and “Sam” Morris, an old-time famous cricketer, when Bonnar brought the Australian Eleven to Daylesford many years ago, "stumped” three of them, Bonnor included, in three successes balls. Morris, who for a great number of years was connected with the South Melbourne Club, is now unfortunately totally blind. He received a hearty greeting when invited to a seat on the platform. Speeches of welcome were made by the mayor (Cr Lehman), Cr Smythe (presidents of Glenlyon Shire), Crs M'Donald and Trembath. Dr Smythe, of the University, and Mr Ned Moore responded. Subsequently a group photograph was taken and numbers spent half-an-hour in meeting old friends who had not fore gathered for lengthy periods, and almost forgotten friendships were renewed.