Bygone Era Wattle Flat 37.5cm x 26.5cm Original Oil on Board by John Vander
Gold was discovered around Wattle Flat in 1851. The area had both alluvial and quartz reef gold mining. The area known as Red Bank, 3.2kms south of Wattle Flat, had rich alluvial workings.
Wattle Flat was a digging township, which having seen its best days as an alluvial gold-field, is deserted by all but those who can make a living by cultivating some of the land on the Flat and by fossicking about to find a little gold. Its stability was assisted by its location on the road to the Turon. It has maintained its viability and today it remains a small but thriving village.