Clunes Town Hall.
|Elevation:||310 m (1,017 ft)|
|LGA:||Shire of Hepburn|
|State District:||Ballarat East, Ripon|
Clunes is a town in Victoria, Australia, located 36 kilometres north of Ballarat, in the Shire of Hepburn. Inches redirects here To see the Les Savy Fav album see Inches. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Ballarat (formerly spelt "Ballaarat" is a city in Victoria, Australia, and one of the country's largest inland cities The Shire of Hepburn is a Local Government Area in Victoria Australia. At the 2006 census, Clunes had a population of 1605. The Australian census is administered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics every five years
The town was home to Victoria's first registered gold discovery on 7 July 1851 which triggered the first gold rush in Victoria. Events 1456 - A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death 1851 ( MDCCCLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common year The Victorian Gold rush was a period in the history of Victoria, Australia approximately between 1851 and the late 1860s Subsequent gold mining, predominantly driven by the Port Phillip and Colonial Mining Company saw the town's population rising to well over 5,000 residents in the late 1880s. "Gold mine" redirects here See Goldmine for other uses of the term
In 1873, mine employers attempted to introduce Saturday afternoon and Sunday shifts. The miners refused to sign the new terms outlined in their contract renewals and went on strike. Strike action, often simply called a strike, is a work stoppage caused by the mass refusal by Employees to perform work. Days into the action the miners organised the Clunes Miners' Association and, what was to become known as the Clunes Riots, successfully resisted the use of foreign labour as strikebreakers. A strikebreaker (also called scab or knobstick) is a person who works despite an ongoing strike. The Clunes Miners' Association is one of the earliest antecedents of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU is Australia's main Trade union in Construction, Forestry and furnishing products
From the 1850s through to 1893, when gold mining eventually came to an end, Clunes was an important gold production location in Victoria. During this period gold in excess of 1. 2 million oz was produced at Clunes. Today the town retains many of its elegant historic buildings, surrounded by agricultural fields.
Clunes held its first Booktown on 20 May 2007. Events 325 - The First Council of Nicaea &ndash the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Over 50 booksellers from around Australia set up shop for the day in the heritage buildings of the gold town. The town, which had worked together to create the day, was awarded as Hepburn Shire's Community Event of the Year. The Shire of Hepburn is a Local Government Area in Victoria Australia. Now called 'Back to Booktown', the township holds the event each year on the first weekend in May. 
In recent years the town has undergone a noticeable transformation and rejuvenation following the decision by Wesley College, Australia's largest co-educational private school, to establish a campus for Year 9 students in Clunes. Wesley College Melbourne is an independent, co-educational Day school in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Opened for the first time in 2000, over 100 students now take up residency in the Wesley Clunes Residential Learning Village, located in the centre of town, and become integral part of the local community for an eight-week period each term.
Many of the external scenes in the 2003 film Ned Kelly, starring Heath Ledger, were shot in Clunes. Ned Kelly is an Australian Film directed by Gregor Jordan. The movie portrays the life of Ned Kelly who was a well-known Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008 was an Australian television and film actor
Clunes also appears in the films Mad Max starring Mel Gibson, and the remake of the 1950s classic On the Beach. Mad Max is a 1979 Australian apocalyptic action thriller Film directed by George Miller and written Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, AO (born January 3 1956 On The Beach is a post-apocalyptic Television movie released in 2000. It also appreas in the ABC television series' Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude and Something in the Air. For the song by Thunderclap Newman see Something in the Air (song.
Clunes was once closed off to the public for the TV show The Mole in 2001. The mission in that episode was to direct one of the contestants to pick up another contestant in a blacked out car.
The most recent film shot in Clunes is Julius Avery's 13-minute movie Jerrycan. Jerrycan has won the 2008 Jury Prize at the 61st Cannes Film Festival in France for short films, with its portrayal of restless teenagers in rural Victoria. The Cannes Film Festival (le Festival de Cannes founded in 1946 is one of the world's oldest most influential and prestigious Film festivals alongside Venice,