Daylesford and Hepburn Springs have some very interesting history facts because they are in the goldfields region and surrounded by many other towns that also had been discovered and built because gold had been found many years ago.
The Daylesford area has a spectacular history with many buildings, monuments, the mineral springs, lakes, gardens discovered or built in the 1800s and early 1900s.
Today many of these historic buildings are still standing and are proudly preserved for us to enjoy and marvel at the architecture. Many of the buildings are influenced by Swiss-Italian design as many of the early gold miners were from Ticino region in Switzerland.
In the 1930s the popularity of the area declined mainly due to the wars.
In the 1950s the railway was superseded, as the car was fast becoming the main way to travel.
In the 1970s a push for a more healthy and alternative lifestyle once again created interest in the region.
Since then the number of visitors has increased every year to the amazing number of people visit every weekend in the Daylesford and Hepburn area.
The population for Hepburn Springs and Daylesford is normally about 3600 that number can double or triple on really busy weekends.
The majestic Daylesford Town Hall is in Vincent Stret
"The Daylesford Town Hall was built in 1882 by George Johnson, an architect who emigrated to Australia from England in the mid 1860s with his new wife. His designs were classical and many are still standing today including the Town Hall at Kilmore, Collingwood, North Melbourne and Maryborough."
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs Historical Photos Video
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs and surrounding towns in the region have many history facts that are very interesting as they have all come a long way from being towns with dirt streets with horse and carts being the main mode of transport.
Some of the buildings have changed owners many times but most of them have been kept very similar to the way they were with a coat of paint, new signage or a verandah removed or added. For example a great history fact is the Pantechnicon Gallery in Vincent Street was originally used for selling livestock, then it was a mechanics workshop prior to being purchased by the current owners of the gallery.