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Down the valley of the Leigh, where the Sebastopol streets and fences run over the eastern escarpment of the table land, may still be seen the sandstone foundations of a station begun by the Messrs.Yuille, whom the coming of the first hosts of gold-hunters scared away from a place no longer fit, in their opinion, for pastoral occupation.Brough Smyth's "Gold-fields and Mineral Districts of Victoria." To the officers of most of the public institutions referred to he also owes the acknowledgment of much courtesy; and to Mr.

Those unfinished walls are in a paddock overlooking a little carse of some four or five acres by the creek side, owned by an Italian farmer, and close to the junction of the Woolshed Creek with the main stream in the valley.

On the other side of the larger stream rise basaltic mounds, marked with the pits and banks of the earlier miners.

The publisher also acknowledges the courtesy of Mr.

Ferres, the Government printer, in supplying original documents, and of Mr.

Less than 20 years ago there was not a house where now stands this wealthy mine and farm-girdled city, whose population is nearly equal to the united populations of Oxford and Cambridge, and exceeding by several thousands the united populations of the cities of Winchester, Canterbury, Salisbury, and Lichfield at the time of the gold discovery.

This is one of the truths which are magnificently stranger than fiction.

Besides the pastoral settlers already mentioned, there are yet with us some of the first discoverers. Woodward and Turner, of the Golden Point discoverers, are still here in Ballarat, and Merrick and some others of that band remain in the district.

Others who followed them within the first week or two are also amongst our busy townsfolk of to-day.

Learmonth, Pettett, Waldie, Winter, Fisken, Coghill, and Bacchus; and the Rev.

Thomas Hastie is still living at the Manse at Buninyong.

The reproduced proclamations by the Government, which the reader will find at intervals, as well as many of the original documents, are the fruit of that gentleman's assiduity in collecting materials of interest and pertinence.

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