Town 22 – Haddon
Municipality: Golden Plains Shire
First settled: 1838 as part of an agricultural run
Main industries: Agriculture, forestry and fishing, hiring and real estate services, manufacturing and construction
Claim to fame: AFL twin brothers Nathan and Mitch Brown went through Haddon’s then Vickick program, while Olympian Erin Carroll also grew up there.
Five fast facts
1. Haddon began as a meeting place of the grazing properties of Bonshaw to the east, Burrumbeet to the northwest and Nentingbool to the southwest. This area was part of the squatting run of the Learmonth brothers, who built Ercildoune Homestead near Burrumbeet.
2. The Haddon Park Raceway is a 667m go-kart track, and home to the Ballarat Kart Klub.
3. In 1859 mining took off with the opening of Campbell’s diggings, then Sago Hill and Bunker’s Hill. However, European miners largely failed to find gold before Chinese miners arrived.
4. In 1885 there was a large gathering of miners assembled in Haddon protesting against the sub-letting of a portion of the Reform mine to the Chinese who were making a profitable living while many European miners were unemployed. It was resolved to oppose the influx of Chinese onto the mining areas. On December 30, 1885, the Chinese camp was almost totally destroyed by fire.
5. In 1883 the railway line arrived in Haddon and remained in use until 1977.
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