The first land sales in the Wangaratta Region
occurred shortly afterward and the population at the time was around 200. The first school was established by William Bindall on Chisholm Street with 17 students.
1852 Gold was found nearby at Beechworth
in February 1852 and by the end of the year more than 8,000 prospectors rushed the fields of Ovens and Beechworth.
1855 Wangaratta became a major service centre
to these goldfields. As a result, the first bridge over the Ovens was completed in early 1855.
1863 A seven-member council incorporated the Borough of Wangaratta
on 19 June 1863.
The 1870s saw Wangaratta's settlement
establish a number of key infrastructure and services including the first water supply.
1871 Wangaratta hospital was opened
1872 the fire brigade was established
1873 The railway, Wangaratta to Melbourne
was opened on 28 October 1873.
1880 28 June, Ned Kelly Captured at Glenrowan
located just 10 km from the Wangaratta saw the famous shoot out between the Kelly Gang & the constabulary which led to the capture of Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly.
1883, the railway was connected through to Sydney.
The Wangaratta Region population
at the turn of the century reached 2,500 and the centre had developed an imposing streetscape of hotels, commercial public and religious buildings.
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