A stroll through the restful gardens surrounding the Bank of Victoria buildings will remind you of some of the hardy plantings of yesteryear. The ornamental grape draped archway; the mass plantings of agapanthus, lavender and geraniums; hedging of sweetly perfumed yellow jasmine; the indispensable lemon tree, and the prolific flowering may bush and crab apple.

garden seat

Take a seat and stay a while.

Staghorn Flat Gold Dredge BucketP1070737

This bucket came from the Briseis Yackandandah No. 3 dredge which operated at Staghorn Flat on the Yackandandah Creek flats opposite the former site of the Staghorn Flat School early in the 20th century. In addition to the dredge there was an office, as well as a building housing the machine shop, blacksmith’s shop and storeroom. These were sited south of the present day Avenue of Honour.

The bucket was donated to the Yackandandah Museum by John Bidgood, a descendant of one of the original settlers at Staghorn Flat. After the mine closed, a clearing sale was held and the machinery and buildings were dispersed. The Bidgood family purchased some dredge buckets which were used as bull feeders for many years.

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