Happy Valley

Happy Valley is a rural locality and former gold mining town 28 km south-west of Ballarat. It is near the Springdallah Creek, a tributary of the Woady Yaloak River, and was part of the extensive Woady Yaloak diggings which extended from Linton to Pitfield.

The ‘Wardy Yallock’ goldfields were prospected in the early 1850s, but intensive mining at Happy Valley probably began in 1854. The origin of the name arose from the rich yields that were found.

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