Fosterville Flashbacks - The story of Fosterville’s golden past

Welcome to our Fosterville Flashbacks page!

Although the Fosterville Gold Mine of today had its beginnings in 2001, the history of gold mining in the area began 130 years ago in the 1890s, when several companies and individuals operated mines. 

In fact, it is believed that by the end of 1896, there were 800 mine employees in the region, which is similar to the number of workers Fosterville Gold Mine employs today!

Follow the fascinating story that has led to Fosterville as we know it today.

In this article, we will share some of this story with you by continually adding interesting tidbits about Fosterville’s gold mining story over the next year or so.

The information we will be sharing is being sourced from several people who have a family history in the area and have kindly agreed to share their stories with us, starting with (we will no doubt be adding to this list as we go):

  • John McCormick 

Additional information and images have been sourced from Allan Stewart's book, “History of Fosterville: A pictorial history of the mining town of Fosterville from 1890 to 2001”. 

So be sure to keep a lookout on our social pages for our Flashback Friday posts as we retrace the history of Fosterville’s golden past.

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