Moliagul, Victoria

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Welcome stranger find 1869.jpg
Miners and their wives posing with the finders of the largest alluvial gold find in the world, the Welcome Stranger. The nugget was discovered in Moliagul on February 5, 1869.
Moliagul is located in Victoria
Coordinates 36°45′0″S 143°40′0″E / 36.75000°S 143.66667°E / -36.75000; 143.66667Coordinates: 36°45′0″S 143°40′0″E / 36.75000°S 143.66667°E / -36.75000; 143.66667
Postcode(s) 3472
LGA(s) Shire of Central Goldfields
State electorate(s) Bendigo West
Federal Division(s) Bendigo

Moliagul is a small township in Victoria, Australia, 202 kilometres north west of Melbourne, (60 kilometres west of Bendigo) notable for the discovery of the world's largest gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger in 1869. The area is a historical gold mining town and is now mostly deserted.[1]

In 1855 it is estimated there were 16,000 people living in Moliagul during the peak of the Victorian gold rush period. Moliagul Post Office opened on 15 November 1858 and closed in 1971.[2]

Reverend John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, was born in Moliagul in 1880.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Moliagul". Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre. 2005-05-17. Retrieved 2006-04-25. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11.