Gold was discovered near present-day Castlemaine on 20 July 1851, and it was this discovery that led to my 2x great grandparents Joseph Whimpey and Margaret Price moving back to Victoria from South Australia in 1851. Their daughter was born during their travels back. She was born at Margaret Plains in South Australia, and baptized when they arrived in Portland.
In 1853, they were at Campbell’s Creek, when daughter Sarah was born. In 1855, a year after the town was renamed Castlemaine from Mount Alexander, their son Isaac was born at Castlemaine.
The family was only to remain in the Castlemaine area for a short time, as by 1861 they had moved to Sandy Creek, which was later named Tarnagulla.
Although Joseph and Margaret appear to have only stayed at Castlemaine for a short time, their daughter Elizabeth moved back there after her marriage to Joseph Bannister Stow, and two of her daughters, Sarah Eliza Stow and Alice Maud Stow, were born there, with a third daughter born at Campbell’s Creek. They also didn’t remain at Castlemaine very long, as by 1877 they were at Newcastle, in New South Wales.
Another branch of my family also spent a brief time at Castlemaine. Robert Jeffrey Panter Russell, the son of Robert Frederick Russell and Lucy Coles Gammon, was born there in 1892. Robert Frederick Russell was the brother of my 2x great grandfather Thomas Henry Russell.