Sofala Post Office NSW
Sofala is on the Turon River near Bathurst on the NSW Central Tablelands. The town came about as a direct result of the gold rush which had been spurred on when Edward Hargraves discovered gold at Summerhill Creek on 12 February 1851. By June of that year, thousands of people had set up mining operations in the valley and both the Royal Hotel and a general store were built in 1851 to handle the increased demand.
Initially, gold was found in the area known as
Gold Point on the Turon River. When the alluvial gold ran out,
mining turned to quartz reef mining. The town was a centre of
opposition of the gold licensing system in New South Wales at the
time. A considerable proportion of the miners were Chinese.
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