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.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of Australasian Mining History|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|