The Maitland Bar Nugget: A Key Link to the Gold Rush Heritage of New South Wales

Ken MCQUEEN, Robert Barnes

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    Abstract

    Gold nuggets were a feature and an attraction of the Australian gold rushes. Many large nuggets were discovered, but almost all were broken up and melted down. A few large nuggets survive including the Maitland Bar nugget, which is now the largest known remaining gold nugget from New South Wales. This nugget contains 313.093 ounces of gold and was purchased soon after its discovery in 1887 by the New South Wales Colonial Government for 1,236 14s 1d. The present value of the contained gold is around $440,000, but the heritage and scientific value of the nugget far exceeds this amount.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)88-105
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Australasian Mining History
    Volume8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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