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The society is preparing a site, including the original mine for the new Chinese Gum San museum just across the road.Ararat today is a city of 8000 people astride the Western Highway between Melbourne and Adelaide in the Great Dividing Range.
This statue can be seen in the temporary offices of the society on the Adelaide road on the northern edge of town.In the first three months it yielded three tons of gold and some ten tons of gold over the next ten months.The Chinese, however, broke an un-written law of the goldfields in not flying a red flag to disclose the discovery of a new find.Soon the roar of hundreds of gold cradles rocking the gold through, filled the Ararat valley as the diggers found the Wet Leads which branch from Mullock Bank and the Old Deep Lead at Bridal Hill and extended to Caledonian Lead north of the town."In one instance," wrote the resident Gold Warden "eleven pounds troy of gold was washed from three loads of stuff from the wet lead." In four hectic weeks the population soared to 20,000.
The Crescent City, Foo's Golden Age, The Ancient Briton, Noah's Ark, and a dozen other hotel bowling alleys and saloons took their share of the diggers' gold.
This last month alone there were 30 oz and 20 oz nuggets taken from the golden triangle in Victoria, and a rather nice 78 oz nugget taken from the gold fields in the Pilbara, Western Australia, and a 28 oz nugget from near Leonora, W. More and more overseas enthusiasts are visiting this wonderful country and trying their luck.