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Culture and heritage

In the 1860s and 1890s Steiglitz was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1000. At the height of the 1860s gold rush, Steiglitz township had more than 1500 residents, four hotels, a newspaper, a variety of shops and even an undertaker. Now most of the town and its surroundings are included in the 469 hectare Steiglitz Historic Park, declared in 1979.

Steiglitz Court House came under National Parks Service (now Parks Victoria) management in 1977 and Steiglitz Historic Park, taking in Crown land in and around the township, was proclaimed in 1979. A few houses and other buildings still stand and there are old wells, piles of bricks and mullock heaps to remind visitors of former activity there. Interpretive signs and displays in the Court House also help you reconstruct the town in your imagination.