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On the Buckland River


Thomas Buckland settled in the district in 1845.

Buckland was part of the Ovens gold field when gold was found there in 1853. Within a short time the town was full of life. Hare was a gold escort officer in the 1850s from Buckland to Beechworth. (FH)

But it suffered a number of disasters.

Within twelve months of its settlement the town had a population of 6000.

Typhoid spread through the diggings and about 1000 people died in a short time.

The Buckland diggings had a large Chinese population (about 3000 in 1857). (Argus22/8/60)

There was a very serious !!MISSING agains the Chinese in that year and many had to flee from the area before police from Beechworth could restore order.

Morses Creek (Argus15/8/65) (Argus30/10/65) Gold production (Alexandra24/5/1872)



What was Buckland like in the late 1870s

Water rights was an important issue on the gold fields (Argus2/4/61) (Argus31/8/61) (Argus12/3/62)

By the 1870's gold mining had largely ended and for many the great days of Buckland were in the past. (Argus22/1/76) Gold production (Alexandra24/5/1872)

Today few traces of the town remain

Hotel School? Post Office there was a postal route between Porepunkah and Buckland via Lower Buckland Other things of interest Funerals

Joseph Jarvis

Links to the KellyGang

Hare was stationed at Buckland in 1855 (RC1303)

Ned Kelly had a run in with Ah Fook, a pig hawker from Morses Creek in 1869

According to Bricky Williamson in his report the KellyGang used to get provisions from a store near Buckland that was operated by Mike Millar.

The Chinese detective had been employed; a Chinese handbill was issued to follow up on this (RC5846)

There were also reports that the KellyGang was being supplied by a Chinese store keeper at Buckland (RC5843)

The Buckland police station was closed in 1899

Members of the Buckland community

Sgt: John Cope Garnett and Const Thomas Duffy were stationed at Buckland

Ah Sing, fowl dealer (Argus17/11/71)

Key Yet, Min Ting pig dealers (Argus17/11/71)

What is happening at Buckland today -

' ' ' Today most of the area is covered by a National Park' ' ' ' ' ' '