Majorca, Victoria

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The old Majorca store, established in 1866 and now abandoned.
Majorca is located in Shire of Central Goldfields
Coordinates 37°06′53″S 143°47′50″E / 37.11472°S 143.79722°E / -37.11472; 143.79722Coordinates: 37°06′53″S 143°47′50″E / 37.11472°S 143.79722°E / -37.11472; 143.79722
Population 387 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3465
LGA(s) Shire of Central Goldfields
State electorate(s) Ripon
Federal Division(s) Bendigo

Majorca is a locality in central Victoria, Australia. The locality is in the Shire of Central Goldfields, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) south of Maryborough and 171 kilometres (106 mi) north west of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Majorca and the surrounding rural area had a population of 387.[1]

Now a ghost town, Majorca was founded in 1863—towards the end of the Victorian gold rush—after two prospectors struck gold at nearby McCallum’s Creek. Two months later, there were 250 stores and restaurants catering to a population of around three to four thousand, although many shops and residents soon returned to nearby Maryborough.[2] The town was sustained for over 50 years through gold mining, including the Kong Meng Mine. It is now a rural area consisting mainly of farmland.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Majorca (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Township tour - Majorca". Film Locations Victoria, Australia. Film Central Victoria. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "William Blundell". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Groom, Keith (1996). "Fredricksen, Carl Theodore (Charles) (1873–1966)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 14. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Ching, Fatt Yong (1974). "Lowe Kong Meng (1831–1888)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 5. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Wall, John (1988). "Nicholas, George Richard Rich (1884–1960)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 11. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 

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