St Andrews/Queenstown was surveyed in 1858 and proclaimed a town on 25th February 1861. Over the years, our town has experienced many different phases, one of which was the gold rush.
St Andrews/Queenstown Historical Society was formed in 1998 after the 140th birthday celebration of the St Andrews Primary School.
At this time the school produced a history book on the district named "St Andrews: A Village Built on Gold". A group of dedicated people in the community were inspired to start the Society, as we love the area and it's fascinating past.
Our group operates under the auspices of the St Andrews Primary School Council, to whom we are very grateful.
Please feel free to ring if you would like to come and visit our group or if you would like to share any material on the St Andrews district.
Furthermore, if anyone has any photographs or memorabilia on the St Andrews/Smiths Gully/Panton Hill areas they would like to share with us, please feel free to contact us. No matter how small or insignificant you may believe that information may be, we would love to hear from you.
WANTED: INFORMATION REGARDING GEORGE BOSTON.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the St Andrews/Queenstown area. The discovery was recorded in “The Herald” on 9th and 11th March 1855 and was attributed to a George Boston and two Scotchmen (unknown).
George Boston died on 13th July 1876 in Dunolly aged 52 years. He was not married and was ill for 3 ½ years. He lived in Australia for 23 years. It is believed he was an American, possibly a negro.
We would like to find out more information about the discoverers and hopefully find some of their descendants. Any information can be directed to Helen Kenney on 9710 1519.