...a place in the KellyGang story
Thomas Buckland settled in the district in 1845.
Buckland was part of the Ovens gold field when gold was found there in 1853. Within a short time the town was full of life. Hare was a gold escort officer in the 1850s from Buckland to Beechworth. (FH)
But it suffered a number of disasters.
Within twelve months of its settlement the town had a population of 6000.
Typhoid spread through the diggings and about 1000 people died in a short time.
The Buckland diggings had a large Chinese population (about 3000 in 1857). (Argus22/8/60)
There was a very serious riot agains the Chinese in that year and many had to flee from the area before police from Beechworth could restore order.
Today few traces of the town remain
Ned Kelly had a run in with Ah Fook, a pig hawker from Morses Creek in 1869
According to Bricky Williamson in his report the KellyGang used to get provisions from a store near Buckland that was operated by Mike Millar.
The Chinese detective had been employed; a Chinese handbill was issued to follow up on this (RC5846)
There were also reports that the KellyGang was being supplied by a Chinese store keeper at Buckland (RC5843)
The Buckland police station was closed in 1899
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