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The Gold Rush to Lamplough, Near Avoca in Victoria, Australia, During 1859-60

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 03, 1987


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By Denis Strangman

"In 1986 a woman who was undertaking family history research in England came across the name 'Lamplough', Victoria, Australia, on an ancestor's birth certificate. Hoping to obtain some further information about this place she sent a letter addressed to the 'Postmaster, Lamplough'.

Her letter was not delivered to the Postmaster because the Lamplough Post Office had closed its doors about fifty years ago and all that remains of it today are a few wooden stumps in the ground.

Fortunately, her letter found its was to officials of the Avoca and District Historical Society (ADHS) and they were able to send her some background information about Lamplough."

This article looks at the Lamplough gold rush from 1859 to 1860, an event that has somehow escaped the history books.