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A lump of pure, clean gold

By this point reports of gold being found were common, however the newspaper report of a discovery of a ‘lump of pure, clean gold, free from quartz’ weighing 60 ounces at the Forest Creek diggings set imaginations alight once more.

27 November 1851
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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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FOREST CREEK DIGGINGS, MOUNT ALEXANDER. (From the Correspondent of the "Argus.") November 27th. The reports of large quantities of gold being found, have become so frequent, that it is now looked upon as quite common; but I think the present will throw all former ones into the shade. Yesterday a lump of pure, clean gold, free from quartz, was obtained from the surface near Messrs. Feutum & Edmiston’s new tent, weighing 60 ounces. A party of four obtained on Monday £1,200 worth before night; and numerous instances occur of one, two, three, and four pounds’ weight being obtained. I feel satisfied that many will have doubts as to the truth of such reports, but as I will not give such accounts without seeing them, they may be depended on. A gentleman who had his doubts as to these facts, would not be satisfied until I introduced him to the parties, and, on showing him the precious metal, he could only find words to exclaim, "’Tis wonderful!" The generality of the diggers are doing well, although I hear complaints from parties that they have not paid their expenses, and intend returning. This is not unlikely; out of a multitude (some 12,000 or 14,000) it cannot be expected that all will be lucky, but I will not hesitate in saying, that four out of five, when asked, "What success?" will answer, "Why, I can’t complain!" .... The escort left here yesterday, with [£]32,000 worth of gold, and the same day Mr. Powlett had £10,000 worth more deposited for the next conveyance. What will the Sydney folks say to this? Geelong Advertiser, 1 December 1851