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The Welcome Stranger The Welcome Stranger Courtesy of Museum Victoria This nugget is the largest known to date in Victoria and was found on the 5th of Februaryapproximately 15 kilometres to the northwest of Dunolly, near a mining town called Moliagul.
Catherine Deason was at home in her hut at Moliagul when her husband John returned and said he had something to show her. Tuesday, February 5 marks the sesquicentenary of the momentous event, which left two Cornish prospectors very well-off and attracted attention worldwide.
Welcome stranger monument and picnic area
John Tully, president of the Goldfields Historical and Arts Society at Dunolly, said the discovery remained meaningful today. Deason said he was working the surface at the Moliagul claim with a pick that morning when he struck what he thought was a stone. Mr Mulqueen made the replica pictured. After prying the nugget out with a crowbar, Deason wrote, he and Richard Oates carted the nugget down to his hut, put it on the fire for 10 hours, then broke the quartz off it.
The nugget was too big for the scales, so it had to be broken up into pieces to be weighed, before it was melted down into ingots. Deason, his wife, Oates, and other miners and their wives staged a photo a few days later, using a rock or quartz in place of the nugget.
But despite these stories of the prospectors doing it tough, Mr Tully said this was not necessarily the case. Related: Holey hell: Miner turns Princes Park to a goldfield. The aforementioned story of Deason breaking the news to his wife Catherine was one of how Welcome Stranger came to be named as relayed by their great-granddaughter Denise Deason, who wrote a book on the discoverybut Mr Tully said the exact origins of the name were not known.
Like many ificant events that have captured the public imagination, there are also varying s of how the nugget came to be discovered. The axle broke when the cart ran into something and when Deason got out to inspect it, he saw gold on the wheel.
He went back and saw the nugget, had his son fetch Oates, and the three of them dug it up together. Related: Miners with a heart for gold.
Mr Mulqueen, his mother Ruth and her sister Jill Caldwell are among the descendants of the Deasons who will attend a th anniversary celebration at Moliagul this Tuesday they also attended the th anniversary in the s. He eventually left Cornwall and came to Bendigo with his wife and three children, Mr Mulqueen said, but within 18 months or so of arriving, his children and wife had died. Denise Deason, Mr Mulqueen said, reported Deason met a one-legged man who told him Bulldog Gully would spark the next gold rush.
Those words stuck: he and Catherine moved to Moliagul, and 10 years later, Welcome Stranger was found. John and Catherine Deason remained in the area and the home they lived in after the discover, The Springs, still stands. The couple were buried in Moliagul cemetery after their deaths at the age of 85 in andrespectively.
The welcome stranger
Richard Oates returned to Cornwall after the big find, married his childhood sweetheart and brought her back to Moliagul. The th anniversary celebration is free to attend and will include a guided walking tour, a talk on some of the lesser-known facts about Welcome Stranger, and a recreation of the main photo on this. It begins at 10am at the Welcome Stranger monument at Moliagul. Attendees are advised to bring food, as none will be available at the site.
Dunolly Museum has a Welcome Stranger exhibition running from February 2 to 17, which includes the scales used to weigh the nugget. The museum will be open from Wednesday to Saturday during this time.
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Unfortunately, there were no photographs taken of the nugget, only sketches. The life of their ancestor was not always a happy one.
Mr Mulqueen said Deason was working in the tin mines in Cornwall at the age of It was reported he later met his second wife Catherine at the Shamrock Hotel. He died at the age of 79 in and was buried at Marong. Ad blocker issue Your ad blocker may be preventing you from being able to log in or subscribe.