WDYTYA? location guide: Craig Revel Horwood

By Harriet Beadnell, 13 July 2017 - 3:49pm

Craig Revel Horwood's Who Do You Think You Are? journey saw the star travel across Australia in search of his gold mining ancestors. Discover the locations he visited with our handy guide...

Craig visits the historic Mining Exchange in Ballarat to learn about his Tinworth ancestors (Credit: Glenn Beanland/Getty Images) 

Heritage Reading Rooms, Ballarat

Craig’s journey begins at the Ballarat Heritage Reading Rooms, where genealogist Helen Mollison shows him the marriage certificate of his great grandparents Charles Horwood and Lizzie Tinworth. The Heritage Reading Rooms are situated within the historic Mechanics' Institute

Blackhill Reserve and the Yarrowee River

Dr Clare Wright tells Craig that his 3x great grandfather, Charles Tinworth, was a miner in the Ballarat goldfields. The location that Craig's ancestors mined was located at the Blackhill Reserve and the Yarrowtree River. Surface gold was first discovered in this area in 1851. 

The Mining Exchange, Ballarat 

Craig visits Ballarat's Mining Exchange to view newspaper cuttings relating to Charles and Elizabeth Tinworth. Located on Lydiard Street, the building is currently home to The Mining Exchange Gold Shop.

White Horse Ranges, Ballarat

Mining scientist Kurtis Noyce meets Craig at White Horse Ranges on the outskirts of Ballarat. He takes the star deep inside a modern mine, close to where his Tinworth ancestors successfully extracted gold in the 1870s.

Craig visited the gold fields of Ballarat, pictured here c1855 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Stringer/Getty)

The Gold Museum, Ballarat

Craig reads the last will and testament of Charles Tinworth at the Gold Museum in Ballarat. Home to around 150,000 items, the museum is a popular visitor attraction that tells the story of the region's rich mining heritage.

Glenn Innes 

To investigate the life of his clog dancing ancestor Harry Macklin Shaw, Craig travels to the town of Glen Innes, New South Wales. He visits Clearveaux Sheep Station, where his ancestor lived and worked, as well as the Glen Innes History House, where he views a number of newspaper articles relating to his performing career.


Craig visits Emmaville, a small village where Harry Macklin Shaw was reported to have performed. Emmaville is home to a mining museum and located approximately 43km north of Glen Innes.

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, Sydney

Craig visits the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in Sydney to learn more about Harry Macklin Shaw’s clog dancing career. Founded in 1840, the venue is the oldest continually licensed hotel in the city.


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