Daylesford is a town in the Wombat State Forest area north of the ridge of the Dividing Range. It is 90 km north-west of Melbourne and is on the Midland Highway between Castlemaine and Ballarat.

The area was settled by the pastoral overlander, John Hepburn, in 1838, and known as the Jim Crow Ranges. 'Jim Crow' is thought to have been a name in a contemporary rhyme, possibly known to Hepburn, or a corruption of a word Jumera, possibly an Aboriginal word.


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