To Celebrate the discovery of the Welcome Stranger.
Hi all, the folks in Moliagul are looking for a bluegrass band to help them celebrate their 150th anniversary.
There is a free event scheduled for the 2nd Feb 2019, celebrating the discovery of the world’s largest gold nugget. A group of 50 prospectors are seeking the help of a bluegrass band that might charge a small fee or donate their time to help celebrate this significant day.
If your band can help out, please complete the contact form below and send it to the organisers.
About Moliagul Victoria: (from the AussieTowns website)
Moliagul is a ghost town which was once a thriving gold mining village. The region has produced more gold nuggets than any other area in Australia. While some of the towns buildings are in ruins, there are still about 200 people living in the district. There is one significant reason for visiting this peaceful piece of the Australian bush – it was here that the worlds largest known gold nugget, the famous Welcome Stranger, was discovered on 5th February, 1869.
On February 5, 1869 a Cornish miner John Deason had been prospecting in the area for some years. He was working across an area known as Bulldog Gully, near Moliagul. While digging through some tree roots, Deason discovered a gold nugget. He broke a pick handle trying to lever it out of the ground and eventually retrieved using a crowbar. He and his partner Richard Oates kept their discovery a secret until dark. In the veil of darkness they loaded the nugget on to a dray and carted it home. The two men then held a party the following night to announce their find.
The 2,316 ounce (69 kg) nugget, later names the ‘Welcome Stranger’, is the world’s largest-known gold nugget.
Contact the Organisers.