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Wellington, NSW

Sometime in the 1830s or 1840s a shepherd named Macgregor found gold near Wellington in New South Wales. Blainey reports that he eventually brought a sample of his find to a Sydney dealer named Cohen. The discovery was famed among gold seekers, with Edmond Hammond Hargraves learning of Macgregor’s fortune while in San Francisco; Blainey suggests that this information may have inspired him to return to New South Wales, where he made the first officially recognised discovery of gold in Australia.

Keir Reeves

Blainey, Geoffrey, The rush that never ended: a history of Australian mining, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1963. Details