During the Lambing Flat gold rush of the early 1860s a village sprang up at Stoney Creek, half way between Wombat and Lambing Flat (Young). The 1861 census reported that there were 4 hotels and 16 businesses at Stoney Creek, as well as a police station and a cemetery.
Today nothing remains of the village and most people are not aware that it ever existed. During its peak all types were attracted: miners (including Chinese), businessmen and bushrangers.
Late on the afternoon of 15 February, 1863, two bushrangers rode up to and entered the store of Vincent Cirkell. When Cirkell intervened he was shot through the head and died. No one was ever apprehended for the crime.