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Maldon is a town in Victoria, Australia, in the shire of mount alexander local government area. It has been designated "Australia's first notable town" and is notable for its 19th-century appearance, maintained since gold-rush days. At the 2016 census, Maldon had a population of 1,513. The district where Maldon now stands was first visited by white European colonialists in 1836, during major Thomas Mitchell's famous victorian expedition. It was settled soon afterwards by pastoralists, and two sheep runs were established in the area, at the foot of nearby mount tarrengower. In December 1853, gold was discovered at Cairn Curran (the name given to one of the sheep runs), and Maldon became a part of the Victorian gold rush. The township displays overall historical and architectural importance, particularly in its gold town buildings. The significance lies in the variety of building styles, and the area of mining is of interest with one mine still open to the public. Maldon boasts that it is largely unchanged since the 1850s, and has attracted considerable interest from tourists for its 19th-century atmosphere.

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  • Elevation: 320.0 m (1,050 ft)
  • Population: 1,513
  • State electorate(s): Bendigo West, Northern Victoria
  • Federal Division(s): Bendigo
  • Established (yr): 1853
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

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