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A four-pound heart-shaped nugget

As they were wandering through the woods near Bendigo, an old man and his son stumbled across a whopping 4 pound heart-shaped nugget. If only we were all so lucky!

3 February 1853
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Australian National Dictionary Centre, The Gold Rushes and Australian English: a resource for researchers, teachers and students, Australian National University, 2005, http://www.anu.edu.au/andc/res/aus_words/gold/index.php. Details
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MOUNT ALEXANDER. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Forest Creek, 3rd Feb. 1853. A very fortunate individual, an old man, together with his son, was walking over some of the holes in Golden Gully, Bendigo, on Monday last; and after passing one heap of earth at the top of a hole, he thought he caught sight of a speck of gold, which he remarked to his son, and turned back to look for it. On second view of this speck of gold, he commenced rooting it out with his knife, but from the constant treading it had undergone he was compelled to resort to his pick; and after a little trouble he drew out a splendid specimen of crystallised quartz and gold in the form of a heart elongated, in all weighing 4 lbs. He was offered £300 for his find almost immediately after, which he refused. Argus, 7 February 1853