Golden Heritage Stories
Gold brought the world to Victoria. It bought new people, new skills, and new ideas. It transformed Melbourne into a metropolis, and changed a quiet pastoral settlement into a dynamic colony. Victoria was the scene of extraordinary growth and wealth - unparalleled then or since.
Impressive buildings grew throughout the whole of Victoria, in towns large and small. Majestic courthouses, opposing mechanics institutes and opulent post offices. Many of these buildings can be seen today and some seem strangely ornate in the small rural towns.
Victoria's magnificent built heritage is a record of these extraordinary events which began with the discovery of gold in 1851.