The area to the north of the property was first settled in 1828 by Cornishmen, Parson William Tom Senior and shortly after John Glasson and George Hawke. The area came to be known as The Cornish Settlement, until being renamed Byng in 1852.

It was around this time that Australia’s first gold was discovered by locals in the nearby Lewis Ponds creek, which runs through the Godolphin property. However, much to the consternation of the families and relatives of the men who discovered it, history has recorded that Edward Hargraves (an Englishman) was ‘Australia’s First Discoverer of Gold’.

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