Mrs Coffey of High Street Fryerstown downloaded all the pictures below without my permission to use on her web site Kittocottage.com
All photographs on this site are copyright
Fryers Creek came into being when a squatter named Peter Fryer built a shack in 1851 on the creek which was named after him., but had left the area before the influx of diggers heralded the start of a gold rush. When the locality became a township in 1854, it was renamed Fryerstown and by 1858 boasted a population of around 15,000, about 25 hotels, and 5 breweries. However, news of goldfields opening elsewhere in Victoria coupled with diminishing returns from the numerous mines, resulted in a rapid decline in population which today numbers around the two hundred or so.
(Acknowledgement is made to Mr. G. O. Brown author of 'Reminiscences of Fryerstown')
Carter's Boot Factory The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine Street looking South
Castlemaine Street looking South Corner Hotel Police Station
Cummberland Hotel Castlemaine Street looking North Castlemaine Street looking North
The Courthouse Duke of Cornwall Mine Golden Eagle Mine
Anglican Church Miner's cottages
Sluicing for gold Junction Hotel Fryerstown school
Lunch at the windlass Old Coach road Looking South-West across Fryerstown
Maureen and I bought land in Fryerstown in 1978 and I've built our house out of mostly local materials. Click HERE to see the results of quite a number of year's labour, or HERE to contact Maureen.
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