The Beechworth Courthouse was built in 1858 and served the area during the gold rush era up until 1898. It is most famous for the initial trial of Ned Kelly in 1880, before he was finally trialed in Melbourne. His mother, Ellen Kelly, and the bushranger Henry Power (real name Henry Johnson) were convicted here. The old telegraph station can be seen in the south-west; and the Sub Treasury in the north-east. The Town Hall (now the tourist information office) is across the road.
Victoria is Australia's second smallest State and covers only 3% of Australia's land area but has the second highest population of all States and Territories. Victoria's mainland and islands have a total length of 2,512 kilometres coastline which is about 4.2% of Australia's 59,736 kilometres of coastline. Australia is the driest inhabited continent and Victoria is no exception although the state capital Melbourne has the reputation to have 4 seasons in one day. Victoria is located in the southeast of mainland Australia and includes the most southern point on mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park.