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Historical gold maps of the Victorian Goldfields

Posted 14/03/2019 in Gold
Section of 1908 geological survey map, County of Gladstone, State Library Victoria.


The State Library Victoria and National Library of Australia contain a wealth of digitised resources, many of which provide valuable information for the modern day gold prospector. Historical maps provide insights into the geological features and gold mining operations of the past, helping prospectors to determine ideal locations to search for gold

The following list links to historical maps for various towns and regions throughout the Victorian Goldfields. These maps have been selected because they display useful information regarding the location of reefs, leads, diggings, mining operations, and geological features. This list is not complete, and will continue to be added to over time - you can like/follow the Goldfields Guide Facebook page for updates. 

Always check the land access rules of the area you are planning on prospecting in. 

Before exploring this list, keep in mind that John Tully, local historian and author, has created a series of modern day prospecting maps which he has compiled from extensive research of early survey maps, reports and other Mines Department records, contemporary newspaper articles, interviews with local identities and personal observation. His maps are extremely useful and are available for purchase here.


Historical goldfields maps of Victoria

Section of the 1853 pocket map of the roads to all the mines in Victoria, Trove.
Ararat gold maps

Section of 1875 map of Ararat gold field, State Library Victoria.
Avoca gold maps

From 1920s plan showing dredging areas and alluvial leads, district of Avoca, State Library Victoria
Ballarat gold maps

Section of Ballaarat gold field map, 1861, State Library Victoria
Baringhup gold maps

Section of 1899 map of deep lead system, State Library Victoria.
  • Berry-Moolort-Loddon deep lead system, 1899. Boring operations in the parishes of Eddington, Carisbrook, Neereman, Baringhup and Moolort. Shows boring operations, leads, silurian and granite. Also includes diagrams - sections of bores.
Beaufort gold maps

Section of historical map of the area around Beaufort, 1889? State Library Victoria.
Bealiba gold maps

Section of 1915 map by Geological Survey of Victoria, State Library Victoria
Beechworth gold maps

Section of 1871 geological map of Beechworth, State Library Victoria.
Bendigo gold maps

Section of 1873 Sandhurst gold field map, State Library Victoria.
Blackwood gold maps

Section of 1937 geological map of Blackwood, State Library Victoria
Bright gold maps

Section of 1906 map of Pioneer Mine, State Library Victoria.
Carisbrook gold maps

Section of 1899 map of deep lead system, State Library Victoria.
  • Berry-Moolort-Loddon deep lead system, 1899. Boring operations in the parishes of Eddington, Carisbrook, Neereman, Baringhup and Moolort. Shows boring operations, leads, silurian and granite. Also includes diagrams - sections of bores.

Castlemaine gold maps

Section of 1860 map of the mining district of Castlemaine, State Library Victoria
Clunes gold maps

Section of 1883 map of Clunes, Mt Greenock and Talbot gold fields, State Library Victoria.
  • Clunes, Mt Greenock and Talbot gold fields, Mining Dept, 1883. Shows outcrops of quartz reefs, quartz reefs proved auriferous, strike and dip of rocks, points of volcanic eruption, gold workings, alluvial, post pliocene, newer volcanic, upper pliocene, lower pliocene, lower silurian, granite, and trappean.
Creswick gold maps

Section of 1880 Creswick gold field map, State Library Victoria.

Dunolly gold maps

Reference section of 1894? map of Dunolly and district, State Library Victoria
Eddington gold maps

Section of 1899 map of deep lead system, State Library Victoria.
  • Berry-Moolort-Loddon deep lead system, 1899. Boring operations in the parishes of Eddington, Carisbrook, Neereman, Baringhup and Moolort. Shows boring operations, leads, silurian and granite. Also includes diagrams - sections of bores.
Enfield gold maps

Section of 1868 Geological Survey of Victoria map, State Library Victoria

Goldsborough gold maps

Section of 1915 Geological Survey map, State Library Victoria
Inglewood gold maps

Section of 1896 plan of Inglewood gold field, State Library Victoria
Kingower gold maps

Section of 19?? map of Kingower, State Library Victoria.

Majorca gold maps

Section of 1869 map of the Young Sadowa Gold Mining Co. State Library Victoria.
Malmsbury gold maps

Section of 1906 map of Malmsbury and Lauriston gold field, State Library Victoria.
Maryborough gold maps

A section of an old Maryborough map showing reefs and leads, State Library Victoria.

Mitta Mitta gold maps

Section of the reference on an old Mitta Mitta map, State Library Victoria.
Moliagul gold maps

Section of 1899 (re-issued in 1980) map of Moliagul, diagram of section near Welcome Stranger nugget, State Library Victoria
Smythesdale gold maps

Section of 1888 geological map of Smythesdale, State Library Victoria.

St Arnaud gold maps

Part of St Arnaud gold field map, 1898, State Library Victoria
Stawell gold maps

Section of 1878 map of Stawell gold field, State Library Victoria.
Talbot gold maps

Section of 1883 map of Clunes, Mt Greenock and Talbot gold fields, State Library Victoria.
  • Clunes, Mt Greenock and Talbot gold fields, Mining Dept, 1883. Shows outcrops of quartz reefs, quartz reefs proved auriferous, strike and dip of rocks, points of volcanic eruption, gold workings, alluvial, post pliocene, newer volcanic, upper pliocene, lower pliocene, lower silurian, granite, and trappean.

Tarnagulla gold maps

Reference section of 1979 (compiled from old reports) sketch map of Tarnagulla and Newbridge goldfields, State Library Victoria.
Vaughan gold maps

Section of 1856 map of Vaughan, State Library Victoria
Waanyarra gold maps

Section of 1915 geological survey map of Waanyarra, State Library Victoria.

Walhalla gold maps

Section of 1871 plan of Walhalla and surrounding mines, State Library Victoria
Warrandyte gold maps

Section of 1909 map of Warrandyte goldfield, State Library Victoria
Wedderburn gold maps

Section of 1908 geological survey map, State Library Victoria.
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