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Chewton. (2 October 2006)
contributed by DerrickJessop
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The world's richest shallow alluvial gold field was discovered in Forest Creek at what was to become Chewton in 1851.
The town grew along the cart track that today is the Pyrenees Highway and on that track was built one of the earliest remaining buildings, the 1852 Wesley Hill Church.
By 1861 the town of Castlemaine had been surveyed, but Chewton continued to grow and prosper on its original haphazard pattern. The 1861 JubileePrimitive Methodist Church, said to be the most elaborate structure of its kind on the whole Castlemaine diggings, was an indication of the riches being won.
Special things were happening such as the erection of the largest water wheel in Australia with a diameter of 21 m.
This powered the stamper battery when reef mining took over from the alluvial workings in 1887. The foundations of the waterwheel remain although every evidence of the viaduct feeding water to the wheel and the stamper battery have disappeared.
South of Chewton at Red Knob the valley still shows sign of the alluvial mining having gouged away tons of soil.
Even throughout the ironbark forest there is evidence of diggings and among them the lonely grave of Elizabeth Escott who passed away, probably in a canvas tent, in 1856.
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