Historical information

Commissioned by the Friends of Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens and gifted to the Hepburn Shire in 2012.


Historical Significance - In 1848, Irish immigrant John Egan took up land on the future town site then known as Wombat Flat. He and a party of searchers found alluvial gold in 1851 on ground now covered by Lake Daylesford initiating the local gold rush. Other finds quickly followed. With the finding of alluvial gold a town site was surveyed and founded in 1852. Initially called Wombat, it was renamed Daylesford.

Cultural and Artistic Significance - Miriam Porter's 'Wombat' is a symbol of the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens where visitors and locals alike love being photographed.

Physical description

Large scale solid redgum wombat sculpture.

Inscriptions & markings

Artist intends to sign the work with 'M' on one leg.