On 19 October, 1872, the Holtermann’s nugget was found in Australia. It is the largest specimen of gold ever found, measuring 150 x 66 cm, weighing 286 kg and with an estimated gold content of 5000 ounces (57 kg). Entire shiploads of prospectors bound for California took a U-turn to rush down under. The resultant infrastructure and population boom shaped Victoria and especially Melbourne city. Holtermann invested  wisely, building a magnificent mansion in Sydney, depicting nugget and himself

On 19 October, 1872, the Holtermann’s nugget was found in Australia. It is the largest specimen of gold ever found, measuring 150 x 66 cm, weighing 286 kg and with an estimated gold content of 5000 ounces (57 kg). Entire shiploads of prospectors bound for California took a U-turn to rush down under. The resultant infrastructure and population boom shaped Victoria and especially Melbourne city. Holtermann invested wisely, building a magnificent mansion in Sydney, depicting nugget and himself

History : Australia: Gold Rushes http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2013/05/australias-gold-rush-in-pictures/

History : Australia: Gold Rushes http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2013/05/australias-gold-rush-in-pictures/

Fossickers at Nerrena in Gippsland Victoria Australia in 1904. The land in the background has been heavily worked by miners and is denuded of timber and most vegetation.

Fossickers at Nerrena in Gippsland Victoria Australia in 1904. The land in the background has been heavily worked by miners and is denuded of timber and most vegetation.

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