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The Welcome Nugget

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Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About the Welcome Nugget

The first two miners to glimpse the 69-kilo Welcome Nugget fainted at the sight, it was so unexpectedly huge. The gold was discovered in 1858 at Bakery Hill by a group of 22 Cornish miners, who were among the first to use steam-driven machinery at Ballarat.

Reports savoured the details of the nugget's discovery and eventual sale for an equivalent of $21,000. The specimen was displayed in London's Crystal Palace before being melted down into sovereigns by the Royal Mint. Just 11 years later, in 1869, the Welcome Stranger eclipsed the record as the world's largest nugget, weighing in at a massive 97 kilos.

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Welcome nugget, WH Ferguson photographer, ca. 1890

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