April A-Z Challenge: C is for Castlemaine
I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
C is for Castlemaine, which is in Central Victoria. Castlemaine came into existence in 1851 when the goldrush boomed in Victoria. It is situated right in the middle of the goldrush area.
The Pennyweight Childrens’s Cemetery was created at Castlemaine in 1852 for the burial of the many children who perished on the goldfields. It is located within the Castlemaine Diggings National Park.
To wander around the cemetery, and read the headstones gives an understanding of the harshness of life on the goldfields in the 19th Century. The cemetery and it’s bush surrounds is very beautiful but also very, very, sad.
Today the population of Castlemaine is about 6700. It has grown in recent years as public transport has improved, and workers from Melbourne have been able to relocate there for the peaceful country life, but are able to commute to Melbourne to work. The distance from Melbourne is about 120 kilometres.