Gold Discovery Cairn Rutherglen

Gold was discovered near this site in September 1860 at the western end of the present township, initially known as the Wahgunyah Diggins, Calico Town and then Barkley, named after the then Governor of Victoria. 

Legend has it that the town was eventually named when John Wallace, owner of the Star Hotel, was told by a patron “Shout the bar and we’ll call the town Rutherglen after your birthplace!”

John Wallace was a Scottish entrepreneur who made his fortune as a goldfields trader and later mining magnate.

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Murray Valley Highway & Drummond Street, Rutherglen, 3685
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