Dry Diggings

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Dry Diggings was a small town near Daylesford, Victoria.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1920 a young man named Willie Thomas described Dry Diggings in a letter to the Weekly Times:

Willie Thomas, who lives at Dry Diggings, writes:— Dear Uncle Ben. — I live in Dry Diggings, which is a very hilly place. Agriculture is the chief industry here now. Mining was once an important industry, but the mines have stopped working. There was a battery which was driven by water. I live quite close to Mt Franklin, from which you can get a splendid view of surrounding places. There are a lot of rabbits on the mount. My father and uncle poisoned 1000 rabbits on it. Daylesford Is the closest town. It is six miles away...Oats are the chief crops grown around the mount. There are eight kangaroos in the bush and we often see them in our paddock. There are also some wallabies and hares and foxes about, but they are not very plentiful. The Loddon, which is the nearest river to here is about nine miles away. We have one store and one hotel, and one State school in Dry Diggings.[1]

Hotels[edit | edit source]

A list of hotels in Dry Diggings.

People[edit | edit source]

A list of people who worked and lived in Dry Diggings.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1920 'DRY DIGGINGS DISTRICT', Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), 19 June, p. 60. , viewed 11 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article222553375