Melbourne's Courier Newspaper reports  at least 50 historic unmarked graves have been discovered at the Creswick Cemetery during a recent high-tech search of the grounds.

The latest technology was used to find the gold rush era graves, believed to belong to Chinese and European miners.

Dozens more are expected to be found when a Melbourne team of geophysicists resume their search later this year.

The project, funded by a $12,400 Department of Health cemetery maintenance grant, will enable the Creswick Cemetery Trust to plan for future development, as well as provide a proper memorial for those in the unmarked graves.

Ground-penetrating radar and magnetometry technology has been used by the team from Hunter Geophysics during the recent search of a 50 metre by 50 metre section of the cemetery.

Director of the Melbourne-based geophysics team, David Hunter, said such surveys were rare in Australia, despite impressive results in the UK, Europe and the US.

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