$25 Adult :: $15 Concession :: $50 Family
Erected in 1857, the building changed its name in 1863 to honour the explorer Robert OHara Burke. Burke was the Police Superintendent in Beechworth from 1854-1858. It is one of the best provincial museums in Victoria. Tickets for the precinct can be obtained at the museum and it is a preferred entry point for bus groups. Within the museum is the "Strand of Time", a re-creation of Beechworth shops from the 19th century. A soundscape complements the buildings, bringing life to a fascinating replica of Beechworths early commercial centre.
Points of Interest: Gold rush, “Street of Shops”, Bushrangers, Life on the Goldfields.
Opened in January 1858, this building was a key point of communication throughout the district. In 1871, the telegraph station was remodeled to become the District Survey Office of the Lands Department. In late 1999 the Department relocated within Beechworth. The office now contains exhibits of telegraph and surveying equipment. It also has a collection of recordings from Beechworth identities who give personal views on the development of their town. The Time Table provides an audio visual glimpse of the growth of Beechworth from a rocky outcrop to a bustling town.
Points of Interest: Morse Code, Time Table, Surveying Displays and Oral History Room.
One of the finest remaining gold-rush courthouses in Australia. Built in 1858, the courthouse served many judicial purposes until its closure in 1989. The courtroom was the scene of countless trials involving Ned Kelly, his mother Ellen, bushranger Harry Power and Elizabeth Scott. Sir Isaac Isaacs, Supreme Court Judge and Australias first native born Governor-General, began his legal career in the courthouse. The courtroom has a sound system that re-creates parts of the trials of yesteryear and the holding cells tell tales of despair, hope and humour
Restored by the National Trust in 1966, this building is a unique addition to the precinct. With its thick, granite walls it once was a storage room for gunpowder. Miners by law were required to leave bulk gunpowder in this building overnight.
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There is no record of the Sub Treasury ever being robbed.How much gold taken out of the Beechworth Sub Treasury unofficially is unknown.
Foresty Heritage Museum and Gold Wardens Office
Gold Commissioners were unpopular because they enforced unpopular tax of 30 shillings a month to maintain order on the goldfields it did not discriminate between the wealthy miner and the miner and the one not makes ends meet. He settled claims, receive & guards gold for escort, maintain order on Goldfields
The Chinese Cultural Centre is Closed.
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Echoes of History Guided Walking Tour
The Story of Robert O'Hara Burke (of Burke & Wills fame)
The role of the Golden Horseshoes in an historic election
Tales from Beechworth's China town
Details about the first Australian born Governor General
Tour highlights include:
The Echoes of History guided walking tour departs at 10.15 am every day. Tours leave from, and return to the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre and are 75 minutes.
Ned Kelly Guided Walking Tour
Ned Kelly won a bare knuckle fight in Beechworth that lasted 20 rounds?
Ellen Kelly was sentenced to 3 years hard labour for the attempted murder of a policeman, and spent some of that time in the Beechworth gaol?
Join the Ned Kelly Guided Walking Tour and learn more about this famous bushranger's connection to Beechworth
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The Ned Kelly guided walking tour departs at 1.15 pm every day. Tours leave from, and return to the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre and are 75minutes.