Steiglitz is a small town in Victoria, in the Brisbane Ranges. It is located 92 kilometres (57 mi) west of the state capital, Melbourne, Australia. In the early 1850s gold was found near the town, and as a consequence it grew on land belonging to pastoralists from the von Stieglitz family. Following the decline of the Australian gold rushes in the late 1870s the population of the town declined. The last gold mine in the town closed in 1941 and the population as of 2006 is less than 100. The Steiglitz Post Office's history closely follows the town's history: it opened on 15 March 1856 and closed in 1966. One of the Victorian Football League's first superstars Peter "The Great" Burns was born in Steiglitz on the 5th January, 1866. Burns played with Ballarat Imperials, South Melbourne and Geelong; after his career ended in 1902 Burns was Geelong's timekeeper for more than 30 years. He died 11th October, 1952 aged 86.
Former Main Street which in colonial gold rush days saw shops, hotels, banks, mines and houses occupy both sides and surrounding streets. Building on bottom left is the former Scott's hotel. Further up the hill on the right is the former Ellis drapery.