Victoria’s forgotten volcano region
Image: Artist Joseph Wright's representation of eruption of Vesuvius seen from Portici (ca. 1774-6) (Wikimedia Commons)
‘I’m biased of course,’ says University of Melbourne seismologist Gary Gibson, who lives in the Victoria’s central goldfields.
Although seismologists generally deal with earthquakes, Gibson has a passion for volcanoes, especially the ones that are right next door to his place.
We’re looking out across a cluster of hills of different sizes; they’re all rounded, covered in pasture and have fences transecting them.
Gold rush-era miners figured out that the gold was below the old lava flows and mined it relentlessly, leaving the area we are standing in scattered with mullock heaps.