7 kilogram 'Pride of Australia' gold nugget

The ‘Pride of Australia', unearthed in Wedderburn in 1981, is one nugget that will probably never be seen again. Weighing eight kilograms, it was bought by the State Bank of Victoria and donated to the state for Victoria's 150th anniversary. Held at the Melbourne Museum, it was stolen in a smash and grab raid in 1991. The thieves were never caught and the $250,000 nugget was probably melted down and sold.


Jon Augier, Photographer. Copyright Museum Victoria 2010

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