Creswick is another of the small towns in this region that had its birth during the gold rush period and the population reached a peak of 25,000 during the gold this period. Today, local industries include forestry, grazing and agriculture. Creswick is an old town but has a modern feel. Creswick is increasingly becoming a commute town to the much larger Ballarat and quite rightly is a lifestyle choice to live.
The first pioneer white settlers were Henry, Charles and John Creswick, three brothers who started a large sheep station in 1842 and the town name was born from this early origin.
Creswick was the site of a mining disaster on 12 December 1882 and was in fact at the time Australia's worst mining disaster in which 22 men drowned.
The original School of Forestry was established in 1910 by the Department of Forestry. It was the first institution set up in Victoria to train and accredit young foresters. Now the campus is part of Melbourne University.
Creswick is the birthplace of the Lindsay’s, perhaps Australia's best known art family and other famous Creswickians include John Curtin (prime minister) and Alexander Peacock (premier).