Mostyn Street, Castlemaine


Agitation Hill, Mostyn Street. 1853

We were unable to place a monument here.

This is now the site of the handsome sandstone Christ Church. It overlooked the hated government camp. A perfect spot for a protest meeting.

Next Monument:

distance to next monument

7km: Chewton

20km: Creswick

38km: Bendigo

79km: Ballarat

79km: Bakery Hill

80km: Star Hotel

89km: Buninyong

127km: St Paul’s Melbourne

285km: Beechworth

In May 1853, an unfounded police raid led business men to protest. 1000 people joined the protest against what one speaker described as a brutal, corrupt police state, with a system of paid informers leading police to supposed unlicenced diggers or sly grog sellers.

The situation was quickly defused by fair and just decisions.

Further meetings that year were smaller and were aligned with the Bendigo Petition.