Maps & Plans

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The False Map

Discovery of gold and the heavy influx of immigrants and goods to Victoria brought intense rivalry between Melbourne on Port Phillip Bay and Geelong on Corio Bay, about which centre could attract the most people and trade. Melbourne interests published a misleading map, called 'The False Map', which elongated Port Phillip northwards, to place Melbourne much closer to the gold fields and the Murray River than Geelong.[1]

On the issue of the False Map, the Geelong wool broking and mercantile company,Strachan and company, issued a printed letter attacking the map, and containing a true statement of relative distances of Geelong and Melbourne to the gold fields and the Murray River. [2]


The True Map

Strachan and company of Geelong produced a true map in answer to the false map, to accompany their printed letter of rebuttal.[3]


'Sketch of the Ballarat Goldfield, 1851, University of Ballarat Historical Collection.
Samuel Huyghue's Plan of Attack of the Eureka Stockade, 03 December 1854.


Eureka Site Plan, 1870
  1. Strachan and Co Collection, Melbourne University Archives
  2. Strachan and Co Collection, Melbourne University Archives
  3. Strachan and Co Collection, Melbourne University Archives