Stephen Munro shares the story behind this 22 ounce gold nugget, found near the Victorian town of Bealiba in 1957, a hundred years after the Victorian gold rush. The nugget was found by Arthur Stewart, who had a run of bad luck that led to his discovery.
Not many intact nuggets survive from the Victorian gold rush, most of them were melted down and sold. But Arthur sold this nugget to well-known geologist Reg Sprigg, who was interested in preserving Australian mineral specimens.
Stephen is a curator at the National Museum of Australia.
Images by Sonya Gee, ABC Open producer for the Riverina, NSW.
Video Credits – Vanessa Milton, Open Producer, ABC Open South East NSW