At the time of the discovery, Clarke was making regular reports from Hiscock's diggings. On 25th August, he stated that parties were out searching and that gold had been found on Yuille's run towards Warrenheip as well as several finds in the gullies nearby Hiscock's.
|Monument marking the approximate location of Dunlop and Regan's gold|
discovery at Poverty Point, on the bank of Canadian Creek near Clayton St,
Naturally, all parties involved were keen to keep their discoveries quiet, making it difficult to determine who was where first and when, as discovered by a commission set up to establish who - if anyone - was entitled to claim the government reward offered for the first to find gold in the region. The credit for the first discovery and the reward went eventually to Thomas Hiscock for his find near Buninyong, which it was claimed, was part of the same goldfield as the later finds at Ballarat.
If the prospective diggers rushed to Hiscock's Gully, they positively stampeded to Golden Point. By early September, the Geelong Advertiser claimed, there were over 100 prospectors at Ballarat. Within a year of the Poverty Point discovery, there were 20,000 diggers on the field.
|An engraving of the Golden Point diggings as depicted by D Tulloch in 1851-|
1852. Image held by the National Library of Australia
Roads such as Humffray St, Main Rd and Eureka St were originally bullock tracks. Humffray St was the main track from Melbourne, running along the southern bank of the Yarrowee River, Main Rd (more of which in a future post) brought diggers from Buninyong up the east side of the Buninyong Ranges and of course, the track which crossed Winter's Flat, past the Yuille's homestead and skirted around the edge of Yuille's Swamp.
Interestingly, a map produced in 1852 from a survey conducted by government surveyor William Urquhart shows two tracks along the Yarrowee from Yuille's station; one along the east bank of the river and the other along the high ground to the west, roughly following the alignment of Armstrong St. The tracks converged on the east side of the river at a point near the present intersection of Cameron and Grant Streets before following a curving path to the north of the modern alignment of Grant Street.
|A depiction of Grant Street, Ballarat in 1856, looking east from Lydiard St.|
Image held by the State Library of Victoria (click to enlarge)
|Looking east along Grant Street July, 2012 at the Yarrowee River bridge|
|Yarrowee River looking north east from Grant Street, April 2012. Canadian Creek|
can just be seen in the distance entering the channel from the right. Image
courtesy of C Stevenson
|Golden Point in 1857-8. Image held by the State Library of Victoria|