Mrs Coffey of High Street Fryerstown downloaded all the pictures below without my permission to use on her web site

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')


             boots.jpg (27859 bytes)                    bridge.jpg (21890 bytes)                       bridge2.jpg (49496 bytes)

     Carter's Boot Factory                                         The Bridge Hotel                                       Castlemaine Street looking South      

              bridge3.jpg (182038 bytes)                           corner.jpg (60878 bytes)                      cops.jpg (36156 bytes)

           Castlemaine Street looking South                       Corner Hotel                                            Police Station 

           frycumb.jpg (42282 bytes)                   fryers3.jpg (135216 bytes)                               fryers2.jpg (166875 bytes)       

            Cummberland Hotel                             Castlemaine Street looking North                        Castlemaine Street looking North     

         court.jpg (18747 bytes)                           duke.jpg (124794 bytes)                          eagle.jpg (65414 bytes)

         The Courthouse                                              Duke of Cornwall Mine                                  Golden Eagle Mine  

             church.jpg (44824 bytes)                                       fryers60.jpg (49984 bytes)              

          Anglican Church                                                              Miner's cottages


        sluice.jpg (170184 bytes)                junction.jpg (34563 bytes)                         school.jpg (79065 bytes)             

          Sluicing for gold                              Junction Hotel                                              Fryerstown school

                      winch.jpg (47321 bytes)                                        coach.jpg (61878 bytes)                             SW_view.jpg (166738 bytes)

                         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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