Moyston is a rural village below the eastern foothills of the Grampians National Park, 15 km west of Ararat.

The village originated with the discovery of gold in 1857 and the rich Campbells Reef in 1858. An Anglican school was opened in 1858 and a township was surveyed three years later. During the early 1860s Campbells Reef was renamed Moyston, after Moystown in County Tyronne, Ireland: there were numerous Irish miners from that area.

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