James White settled at Burrangong in 1830, and over time set up a number of sheep runs with huts for the shepherds. One such run was called Lambing Flat, as it was here where the ewes were put at lambing time. By 1860 the run had been given over to cattle and horse raising. One day near the end of June whilst rounding up horses, Dennis Regan, James White’s manager, and a group of stockmen were camped on the lambing flat. An American cook, named Alexander the Yankee, struck by the gold-bearing appearance of the area, decided to wash for gold. The result was that Lambing Flat became the richest goldfield discovered in New South Wales.