Now and then: celebrating our main streets
During the intoxicating days of the gold rush in Victoria, a digger claimed the location of a 2.5 kilogram nugget came to him in a dream.
There were wild rumours of nuggets weighing up to 18kg being unearthed in the St Arnaud region, and thousands rushed to its hills, gullies and creeks in hope of changing their fortunes.
The little town in the Northern Grampians was described by some as a "gold town with a golden future".
That era, as captured by local historians, still gleams in the town's main street more than 150 years later.
Napier Street, with its two-storey pubs, ornate iron verandas and original post office, court house and fire station, will be celebrated as part of Main Streets Of Australia Week.
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