The Bendigo Advertiser has swooped on an exclusive with an Aussie prospector who unearthed a 2.7 kilogram gold nugget with an estimated value of over a hundred thousand dollars!
Mick Brown, a 42-year-old prospector from Kerang, happened upon the life-changing nugget during a frustrated trip to a local prospecting site near Wedderburn. Mr. Brown had been attempting to quit cigarettes and was in an accordingly foul mood. Instinctively, his wife told him to get out of the house and occupy himself for a while. In the end, he decided to head out to the Wedderburn site and get some fresh air.
Mr. Brown, an experienced prospector, had a metal detector in his hands when he noticed a strange anomaly in the usually quiet audio pattern. Over a particular location, he noticed that the machine sounded more clearly. Six inches beneath the muddy surface, the frustrated prospector unearthed a whopping gold nugget. “I thought bugger me, it is, it’s bloody gold,” Mr Brown told The Advertiser. “I just dug it up, 87 ounces of the good stuff. Sometimes they do say gold is worth twice its weight in gold if it’s a really nice looking nugget.”
When asked about why he went prospecting that day, Mr. Brown remained philosophical. “There’s more to life than sitting on your (bottom) and watching TV,” he explained. “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. It’s a hobby, not just a hobby, it’s a skill to read the ground, to distinguish targets and to listen… It’s not like we’ve got the ocean in the Mallee,” he joked.
The prospector has said that he hopes to exhibit the solid gold nugget and that he will continue to prospect in the region. I’m sure striking gold has inspired Brown to avoid a cigarette and go outside for a stroll more often.
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