EI Dorado

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Half way between Wangaratta and Beechworth or between Beechworth and Chiltern.


Eldorado grew up with the discovery of gold in the area in about 1856. Eldorado was part of the Woolshed aluvial gold deposit. see (Argus8/2/64) (Argus15/8/64)

There was also tin to be mined (Argus1/8/70)

Importance of EI Dorado

Gold mining town

What was EI Dorado like in the late 1870s


Royal Mail Coaches went to Beechworth

What was El Dorado like (Ensign26/4/1872)



Facilities in EI Dorado in the late 1870s

Population 4000 in about 1870 Hotel Empire Hotel

owned by the Klemm family

Martell's hotel (Argus13/9/81)

United Ovens Hotel Mr Bussy (Ensign26/4/1872) School



Oriental Bank Corporation

St Jude's Anglican Church (1870) Mr Green 1875

police sation Post Office Telegraph

There was a postal route between Beechworth and Tarawingee Station via Reid's Creek, Woolshed, Reidford, and Eldorado Other things of interest See also El Dorado the squatting run

Doctor George Richard Walker

Licensing Magistrates

John Cock

Joseph Harrow


United Wellington Gold and Tin Mining Company Limited 1876


Store keeper

Charles Schuppe

Links to the KellyGang

William Wallace was a trainee teacher at Eldorado (RC15081)

Const Hall was well known in Eldorado See the Jerilderie Letter

Const Dwyer was stationed at Eldorado (RC9392)

Did Steve Hart assault someone near Eldorado (Argus27/1/79)

On Sunday 16/2/1879 Det Ward and Sup Hare went to Eldorado to meet Aaron Sherritt, where there was a party of police in charge of Sconst Strachan. (RC1277)

Police from Eldorado went to arrest Aaron Sherritt (Argus1/7/79)

In early 1880 Joe Byrne wanted to know how much money they would likely get in Eldorado bank, and "John Jones" (Aaron Sherritt?) was directed to inform them that there would never be more than ten, twenty, or thirty pounds found in that bank. (RC13855)

Members of the El Dorado community

Sgt George Du Vernet and MConst Edward Carven and Const Edward McCabe were stationed at El Dorado

What happened at EI Dorado after the time of the Kelly Gang

Frank Becroft was a policeman stationed at El Dorado after the time of the KellyGang.

The Royal Commission said it was a grave error to reduce the size of the El Dorado police station (RC2ndReport)

Gold dredging continued in the area until the 1950s

What is happening at EI Dorado today

The area near Eldorardo has produced Topaz, Citrine and Clear Quartz