A prospector in Australia has found a 2.7 kilogram (nearly 6 pound) gold nugget in central Victoria, near Wedderburn, which is worth about $141,000.
Mick Brown, 42, a seasoned prospector, was getting grumpy as he was giving up smoking. So his wife asked him to get out of the house and get some fresh air.
So off he went with his trusty metal detector to a spot near Wedderburn, an area he had been before.
As he was moving his detector across the ground, it went off over a spot.
Brown only had to dig about 15cm (6 inches) below the surface when he struck the top of the gold nugget. At first, he thought it was a “big molten blob of copper,” but then: “I thought bugger me, it is, it’s bloody gold,” Brown said. “I just dug it up, 87 ounces of the good stuff.”
A video from 9 News:
Brown said it was silly to be secretive about his nugget, and it was better to let people have a hold. “What am I supposed to do, ‘yeah I’ve found a nugget, but you can’t look at it?'” he said. “It’s cool and it’s given everyone a good little rev up.”
Brown is hoping his good fortune will encourage other prospectors to keep at it and inspire others to try prospecting. “There’s more to life than sitting on your [bottom] and watching TV,” he said. “If you put some theory into it, get some books, look at maps, which way and side of the hill it falls, you’re upping your chances of finding it.”
“Sometimes they do say gold is worth twice its weight in gold if it’s a really nice looking nugget,” he said, and is hoping it’s worth more to a private collector.
Brown has chosen to keep the place where he found it a secret, but he did disclose that he thought others had already searched in the same area. But still believes: “There are some big 10 kilo jobs out there.”
Good on him I say. Hopefully, he finds his 10 kilo “fair dinkum II.”