Steiglitz is a small settlement in the Brisbane Ranges in Victoria. It is located 92 kilometres (57 mi) west of the state capital, Melbourne, Australia. At the 2016 census, the Steiglitz area had a population of 53.
In the early 1850s, gold was found near the town, and as a consequence, a settlement grew on land belonging to pastoralists from the von Stieglitz family, taking its (mis-spelled) name from them. The easily-won gold had been worked out by the late 1870s, and many people moved away. The last gold mine closed in 1941 and, as of 2015, the population of the town site was just eight. The Steiglitz Post Office's history closely follows the town's history: it opened on 15 March 1856 and closed in 1966, and is now a private residence. Content: Wikipedia
Situated between Geelong and Ballarat, Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1000. At the height of the 1860s gold rush, Steiglitz township had more than 1500 residents, four hotels, a newspaper, a variety of shops and even an undertaker.
Now most of the town and its surroundings are included in the Steiglitz Historic Park. Enjoy a pleasant bushwalk, relax with a picnic or pan for gold. Of course, a trip to the park wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Steiglitz Court House, with its display of photographs, maps and relics of gold year. The court house is open on Sunday and public holidays, and at other times by arrangement.
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