Located about 240 km northwest of Melbourne, the historic township of St Arnaud
was settled in 1855 after the gold rush in the region of the 1850s. It was known
as the New Bendigo Goldfield, then renamed St Arnaud, honouring the commander of
the French Forces in the Crimean War Jaques Leroy de St Arnaud Marshal of
France and a senator.
Many of the streets in the town are named after British
military leaders involved in the same war.
Similar to other towns born out of the gold rush, St Arnaud has a number of
solid civic buildings, hotels and stores adorned with cast iron lace work. The
town is encircled with bushland, providing habitat for many native animals and
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