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From 1863 until the early 1930s this was the site of the Mount Pleasant Public Gardens. It was first proposed for that purpose by local residents in 1858, just four years after Cornish mining families pitched their tents here. It shows their determination to build a liveable community. In 1867 they fought off a government plan to subdivide and sell off the temporarily reserved land. By 1870 the Gardens were fenced and gated and fully planted out with shrubs and trees. This provided an alternative to the long trip to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. After half a century the Gardens had deteriorated and during the 1930s Depression ‘sussos’ (sustenance workers on the dole) were directed to excavate the slope to form the present sports ground. The Reserve has been home to local cricket, football and baseball teams and has long been a popular escape for children and teenagers.
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