Where Gold has been Found
Tallawant: Nuggets up to 5 ounces have been taken from Tallawang, which is located in the north of Gulgong. The gold was found in sparse pieces of conglomerates along with coals.
Gundagai: On the New Diggings in July 1861 there were two young boys that found a 5 pound 4 ounce nugget. A lot of other nuggets were located in the area as well.
Famous Gold Fields: Teetulpa can be found twenty four kilometers east of Waukaringa. Gold was first found in this area in October 1886. The men that found it were successful in claiming the 1000 pound reward presented by the South Australian Government for the discovery of a big gold field there. It was not long before a rush started and soon enough around five thousand miners were working the field. The first nugget was discovered by McDougall and Opperman and it weighed 8 ounces. It was reported that the biggest nugget that was found on the field weighed 29 ounces.
The gold fields in Queensland did not produce the amount or dimension of the nuggets like the fields in Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales and which made these areas very well known. Nonetheless, there are records of at least fifteen nuggets that were found in Queensland that weighed more than 100 ounces and quite a significant number of smaller sized specimens. Of the 40 nuggets that weighed more than 18 kilograms that was recorded, 32 of those nuggets were discovered in Central Victoria.
Nuggets were also located at Gympie in 1867 to 1868, and the biggest to have ever been discovered in the state was taken from Gympie Creek in February 1868. The total weight of this nugget was of 975 ounces and it had 906 ounces of gold. The second largest nugget was discovered at Sailor's Gully at Deep Creek and it had a weight of 804 ounces.
In the 1880s a number of nuggets that ranged from between 7 ounces and 80 ounces were retrieved from Nuggety and Moonlight Gullies at Mount Britton. Around sixty nuggets that ranged in size up to 180 ounces were obtained from the alluvial deposits of Green Hills west of Forsayth.
A flat rectangular and flattened nugget that weighed 258 ounces was also located in 1868 at Mount Wheeler close to Rockhampton. A lot of smaller sized nuggets were additionally retrieved from this area at the time. A 336 ounce nugget was found at Top Camp at Cloncurry, including a 17 ounce and 10 ounce specimen and on that very field on the Two Mile; an 88 ounce nugget was also discovered.
On the 15th of May 1851, people were able to read in the Sydney Morning Herald the news that a rich gold bearing area had been located close to Bathurst. Ever since 1849 the Australians had been enticed by the reports of immeasurable amounts of gold that were found on a daily basis in California during that time and a lot of them had sailed away to get in on the action as well.
The "Welcome Stranger" which was the biggest nugget ever recorded in the world, was discovered merely a few centimeters under the surface. It had a gross weight of 2520 ounces or 78.4 kilograms.
The Avoca gold field which was situated at the foot of the Pyrenees Ranges was discovered in 1853. One year later the population had gone up to 14,000. Years of knowledge have demonstrated that there are some formations that can securely be excluded from the search for discovering gold nuggets. These areas include the Great Artesian Basins and other sedimentary basins that vary in depth in which coal, oil shale, and opal make up the more likely items of mineral wealth. It is also feasible to do away with areas covered by unbroken sheets of volcanic rocks of Tertiary age.