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Gold nugget replica - 'Pride of Australia'

This is a replica of the 'Pride of Australia' gold nugget, which was named for the similarity of its shape to Australia (minus Tasmania). The model was made from a cast using plaster of Paris, and then gilded with gold leaf and tinted to mimic iron-oxide staining. This replica is part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum ...

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Gold nugget replica

This is a replica of a gold nugget mined at Rokewood in Victoria's Western District in February 1900. The model was made from a cast using plaster of Paris, and then gilded with gold leaf and tinted to mimic iron-oxide staining. This replica is part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 19 ...

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Gold nugget replica - 'Cindy's Pride'

This is a replica of the 'Cindy's Pride' gold nugget, which was named in honour of the prospector's helpful dog. The replica is part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 22.0 cm x 14.5 cm x 4.0 cm, and it weighs 3.46 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Poseidon'

This is a replica of 'The Poseidon' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 39.0 cm x 26.0 cm x 10.5 cm, and it weighs 27.02 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Little Pos'

This is a replica of 'The Little Pos' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 24.0 cm x 13.5 cm x 11.5 cm, and it weighs 7.91 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Stewart'

This is a replica of 'The Stewart' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 16.0 cm x 10.5 cm x 5.5 cm, and it weighs 3.42 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Inkerman'

This is a replica of 'The Inkerman' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 13.5 cm x 12.0 cm x 2.5 cm, and it weighs 1.16 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'O'Sullivans Perserverance'

This is a replica of the 'O'Sullivans Perserverance' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 15.0 cm x 12.0 cm x 5.0 cm, and it weighs 1.90 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'Bunyip'

This is a replica of the 'Bunyip' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 11.3 cm x 4.42 cm x 7.0 cm, and it weighs 1.42 kg.

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Goldmining licence, 1853

This is a gold licence issued to J McDonnell in March 1853. It was printed on paper by John Ferres, Government Printing Office, Victoria, Australia. At centre top is the Victorian coat of arms with the inscription: 'VICTORIA / GOLD LICENSE.' The name of the licence owner and place and date of its issue are written in ink ...

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Sluicing and panning for gold

How does a small prospector mine gold? Most modern goldmining is conducted by big companies with heavy machinery. But in this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters meets a prospector whose methods and tools differ only a little from those used by Chinese miners at Pine Creek a century earlier.

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Archaeological evidence of Chinese miners

See the rugged outback around a small Northern Territory town and hear about the people who travelled from Asia to work there. In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters visits Pine Creek's historic goldfields and encounters traces of Chinese goldminers who worked on the remote northern ...

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Mining artefacts lost and found

Imagine working very long hours, breaking rock under the scorching sun in the hope of finding gold. In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters continues his investigation into the history of the Chinese miners who worked the Pine Creek goldfields in the late 19th century.

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Attitudes towards Chinese miners

Why did Chinese goldminers leave the Northern Territory's Pine Creek goldfields in the early years of the 20th century? In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters investigates how this fascinating chapter in Australia's history came to an end.

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Chinese coffins lined with gold?

What became of the thousands of Chinese goldminers who worked the Pine Creek goldfields in the Northern Territory in the late 19th century? In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters discusses the reasons why the Chinese miners departed, leaving only traces of their industry and way of life.

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Chinese miners in Pine Creek, NT

Imagine leaving your homeland to spend years labouring in a harsh and unfamiliar landscape in the hope of an elusive and uncertain reward. In this clip from a1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters looks at why Chinese miners came to Pine Creek in the Northern Territory and how they survived.

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Mineral exploration

Find out how scientists discover and investigate new mineral deposits. This is a PowerPoint presentation introducing the scientists, techniques, procedures and issues involved in exploring for minerals, with particular emphasis on Queensland. Most slides include images, maps or graphs. Teachers' notes are included.

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The gold rush

This collection of 5 activities explores life on the NSW and Victorian goldfields in the 1850's. Using primary sources from the State Library of NSW's collection (diaries, artwork and a satirical cartoon), students investigate the everyday activities of the gold sush. Read an eyewitness account of the first gold escort ...