Right now G4S International Logistics (G4Si) are transporting two of the largest gold nuggets in existence, weighing 95kg and 63kg, to secure displays across three continents.
Unearthed at Royal Nickel Corporations’ Beta Hunt mine in Kambalda Western Australia, the gold-bearing quartz rocks are on a multi-country tour that includes the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States .
In 1911, a newly-wed Aboriginal couple found gold in Far North Queensland. The woman became a miner and made history, when she found a new goldfield located near the Batavia River.
Aboriginal people mined the land for ochre and stone long before the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour. As the European gold rushes spread across the country, some Aboriginal people became prospectors too.
“Fly Flat” doesn’t sound like a prestigious or auspicious name for a place that started a gold rush boom. But on the outskirts of Coolgardie in Western Australia, the flat country with sparse gum trees was rich with alluvial gold, and changed the fortunes of a nation.
In 1892, two prospectors, Arthur Bayley and William Ford found over five hundred ounces of gold at Fly Flat. At today’s gold price, the horde would be valued at over half a million dollars.