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Mia Mia Flat Gold Puddler

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Peters Hill Track, Lillicur VIC 3371

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Mia Mia Flat, located in Lillicur VIC, was worked for gold by many prospectors throughout the gold rush, and harbours a dark and terrible history. 

At least two murders occurred on these diggings in the 1850's and 60's as well as a horrific attempted axe murder. Click here to read more about these horrific events at Mia Mia Flat.

The Mia Mia Flat gold puddler is large with well defined edges, and lies to the side of Peters Hill Track. The surrounding bushland has been extensively worked by 19th century gold diggers.

Gold prospecting is allowed in this area, however visitors must not disturb the gold puddler itself as it forms an important part of Victoria's heritage.
The Victorian Heritage Database offers the following timeline regarding the Mia Mia Flat Puddling Machine site:

1857: Diggings at Back Creek and Amherst had nearly junctioned on Daisy Hill Flat, near Mia Mia, and in 1857 the Mysterious Lead, an intricate, winding, deep gutter, was discovered on the flat below the present cemetery. 

November 1860: Several companies are at work on the Mia Mia Reef, most of shafts are 100 feet deep ... I will send you a plan of Mia Mia Flat Diggings, connected with the Hard Hill ... Parts of the flat having been opened at different periods has caused it to posses a variety of names, such as Tick Nickle, the flat supports a settled population of over 300. 

December 1872: Steam machinery is now almost complete on Mia Mia Reef. 

September 1873: Mia Mia Reef has turned out a complete failure. The company has now collapsed, after expending about £3000. 

December 1887: 'The Mia Mia' - Very good patches of coarse gold found by Chas. Anderson, 'who appears to be peculiarly fortunate in his prognostications relating to the existence of gold'.


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!


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