The wall of the oldest continuously operating theatre in Australia reveals several interesting modes of construction. In continuous use since 1857, the Theatre Royal is located in Castlemaine, an historic town which figured prominently in the Victorian goldrush days of 1850 – 1870. In 1880 the nearby city of Bendigo – the centre of the 1850’s goldrush – was declared to be the ‘wealthiest city on earth’ during the 1880’s. Due to gold mining, Its worth eclipsed the wealth of cities like London and Paris.
A city of great beauty and interest, today Bendigo is the second highest producing goldfield in Australia and remains the seventh largest in the world.
See http://www.bwc.com.au/tourism/information/fast_... for more information about Bendigo, Castlemaine and surrounds.