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Model of the Welcome Nugget, 1858-85

This is a plaster of Paris model of the Welcome Nugget, made between 1858 and 1885 by an unknown craftsman. It is painted gold and green and has a nobbly surface. The Welcome Nugget was found at Ballarat, Victoria, in 1858.

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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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Chinese miners on the Australian goldfields

This collection of 12 digital curriculum resources focuses on Chinese prospectors and miners on the Australian goldfields. It is organised into four categories - travelling to the goldfields; living on the goldfields; at work on the goldfields; and opposition to Chinese miners. The collection includes photographs; artworks ...

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Gold nugget

This is a gold nugget (approximately 3.4 cm x 2.2 cm), which was probably found in about 1865 on a goldfield in Otago (in the southern South Island of New Zealand).

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A nugget from North Woah Hawp Mine

This is an excerpt from a silent newsreel item, which shows some of the buildings and equipment of the North Woah Hawp Mine (which was also known as the Woah Hawp Canton Mine) in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1926. A prospector with a horse and cart stands in the foreground holding a spade. The excerpt also features a shot of ...

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Kiwi pendant, 19th century

This is a pendant made from 9 carat gold and the beak of a kiwi ('Apteryx' species), a flightless bird unique to New Zealand. The maker is unknown, but it is believed to have been created in the 19th century. At the broad end of the beak is a gold mount with a loop. The mount is inscribed with the Mäori word, Taihoa, meaning ...

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Huia beak brooch, c1900

This is a gold-mounted brooch with chain, made from the beak of a female huia ('Heteralocha acutirostris'), a bird native to New Zealand that became extinct in 1907. There is an engraved floral design on the gold mount. At the proximal end of the beak (the end that attached to the bird), there is a scroll and ball ornamentation ...

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Australian gold diggings, c1855

This is an oil painting measuring 70.5 cm x 90.3 cm, painted about 1855 by Edwin Stocqueler (1829-1895), showing men working on the Bendigo gold field in Victoria. The men are panning, puddling and cradling for gold on both sides of a stream in a tent-dotted valley. The valley is stark, with only a few trees remaining. ...

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Miners outside a hut in the bush at Gympie, c1870

This is a photograph, taken about 1870, which has been over-painted in oils by Richard Daintree (1832-78). It measures 38.8 cm x 60.5 cm. Seven men sit or stand in front of a bark-and-log hut in the bush at Gympie, Queensland. They are relaxed and appear to be dressed in their best clothes. One man wears what seems to be ...

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A boxing match in Bendigo, 1853

This is a hand-coloured lithograph, measuring 15.8 cm x 19.5 cm, entitled 'A BENDIGO MILL'. It was made by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80) from a sketch he did on the spot as he watched a boxing match in Bendigo, Victoria, and it featured in his publication 'Sketches of the Victoria gold diggings and diggers as they are'. ...

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'Cradling, Forrest Creek', 1853

This is an 1853 hand-coloured lithographic print, entitled 'Cradling. Forrest Creek'. It was made by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80) from a sketch done on the spot as he watched gold miners cradle for gold at Forest Creek (as it was more commonly spelled), in Victoria. One miner scoops water into the cradle, while the other ...

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'The claim disputed', c1852

This is a watercolour, measuring 19.4 cm x 25.4 cm, by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows a well-dressed man - presumably the Gold Commissioner - arbitrating a dispute over a claim involving three diggers, probably on the Victorian gold fields. Two of the diggers are in animated discussion ...