Golden Square, Victoria

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Golden Square
BendigoVictoria
GoldenSquareHotel2010.JPG
Golden Square Hotel
Golden Square is located in City of Bendigo
Golden Square
Golden Square
Coordinates 36°46′S 144°15′E / 36.767°S 144.250°E / -36.767; 144.250Coordinates: 36°46′S 144°15′E / 36.767°S 144.250°E / -36.767; 144.250
Population 8,170 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3555
Location
LGA(s) City of Greater Bendigo
Suburbs around Golden Square:
Maiden Gully West Bendigo Bendigo CBD
Lockwood Golden Square Quarry Hill
Kangaroo Flat Kangaroo Flat Golden Gully

Golden Square is a suburb of Bendigo in Victoria, Australia.

History[edit]

Gold was discovered in the bed of the Bendigo Creek in the spring of 1851, about 200 metres from where the Golden Square Hotel now stands, sparking the gold rush that established the Australian city of Bendigo. Two women, Mrs Kennedy and Mrs Farrell, are commonly credited with having made the discovery.[2] The Post Office opened on 10 January 1863.[3]

Today[edit]

Golden Square is home to The Bulldogs Football and Netball Team competing in the Bendigo Football League,[4] Golden Square Secondary College(which has since been closed), Golden Square Primary School, (Laurel Street Primary School) Maple Street Primary School and the Golden Square Shopping Centre.

The new Bendigo Police station is located on the edge of Golden Square and was opened in March 2007.

The local railway station on the Melbourne - Bendigo railway opened with the line but was closed in 1981.[5]

Notable people[edit]

Golden Square Football Club has produced AFL stars such as Brownlow Medallist Greg Williams, Richmond stars Wayne Campbell and Nathan Brown, and former Fitzroy, Brisbane and Melbourne player Nick Carter.

Leading AFL player manager Ricky Nixon also started his playing career at Golden Square before playing VFL football with Carlton, St Kilda and Hawthorn.

Other former VFL players to hail from Golden Square include Des Dickson, Ray Byrne, Tony Southcombe and Peter McConville. The Golden Square Football Club has achieved 4 consecuitve senior premierships in the Bendigo Football League (2009 to 2012), the first of its kind for the Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Golden Square (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  2. ^ Historical marker on west bank of the Bendigo Creek, Wade Street, Bendigo
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  4. ^ Full Points Footy, Golden Square, retrieved 2008-07-25 
  5. ^ Scott Martin and Chris Banger (October 2006), "'New Deal' for County Passengers - 25 years on", Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division)): page 319.