Friday, January 5, 2018

The Golden Eagle..



The Western Australian gold rushes in the late 1800's brought a flood of prospectors from overseas and interstate in search of their fortune. Boom times for WA. It was during this time that most of the gorgeous heritage buildings that have appeared on the blog were built. Incredibly tough times too. Locations like Halls Creek,Coolgardie and Southern Cross would have been a bit like hell with limited natural water before the pipeline went in. They were tough stock back then! The story of the discovery of the Golden Eagle nugget (click link) is definitely worth a read. The nugget is the start of Perth's first virtual gold trail starting here at Elizabeth Quay and ending at the Perth Mint. A heck of a lot easier than the original gold trail right! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..


27 comments:

  1. Quite a sculpture!

    Gold rushes across the world could bring out some terrific stories, but also the worst in people.

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  2. That's quite a gold nugget and a reminder of the golden times.

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  3. What an interesting story and what an incredible find that nugget was. The story made me think of all the California gold rush stories I've read. Many years ago I even visited a few of the old gold rush towns in California.

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  4. I visited Perth Mint in Nov. It was very interesting, they didn't give any free samples away though!!

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  5. Sounds like an interesting trail. That is quite a nugget!

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  6. ...what people will do for gold!

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  7. I read the Finding of the "Golden Eagle", very cool!!
    Canada's famous Klondike Gold Rush has always interested me. I even enjoy watching the current day gold mining reality TV shows lol! Amazing how those tiny tiny specks of gold are worth so much.

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  8. Fine history lesson and an amazing nugget. WA has gone on to a life of its own not supported by gold seekers.

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  9. That is incredibly large! It is hard to believe!

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  10. Wouldn't mind a nugget like that laying around here :D
    Have a great Friday!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  11. Finding that nugget must have been incredibly exciting. Like winning the lottery but much harder work.

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  12. Quite the nugget. I can understand the interest!

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  13. Everyone would want a nugget like that. There would be such a rush to get it. :) When I lived in Alaska, the local gold mine gave tours to the tourists and they could pan for gold. Occasionally someone would get a flake or two. Most people give up because their arms and wrists get tired shaking the pan back and forth. :)

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  14. That's all really fascinating but they shouldn't just put a huge gold nugget out in public like that. My gosh, that's scary. Some 'un might steal it.

    Yea, most of our ancestors had a much tougher time than we did/do. My maternal great-grandfather landed in Nebraska, built a hut out of sod, proceeded to make a farm and 12 kids! Hey, I didn't say he was smart! 12 kids. And they're still causing trouble today! :)

    So sorry about the commenting thingl I can't imagine what's wrong. I did change my blog theme and maybe that had something to do with it. These blogs just go goofy at times. I hope it gets better and I really appreciate you're going through all those hoops to get to me. I'll check it out on my end and see if anything is amiss.

    Take good care...I appreciate your comments so much I wouldn't want to lose them!

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  15. Oh wow, that is a big golden nugget :))

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  16. Making a trail of things gold mining related is a great idea. Maybe one day they will make one for iron ore and Lang and Rose could be marked by a visit to where Prix d'Amour was built. Most people won't have a clue what I am on about. I'd better go.

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  17. A gold rush essentially opened up parts of the western U.S., too, starting in the late 1840s. Big parts of San Francisco Bay in California were silted from placer mining (water hoses aimed at hillsides) on rivers in northern California. And it started extermination of the region's Native Americans.

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  18. That would be a fun trail to follow. We heard some amazing stories of the gold rush days when we were on a tour through WA.

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  19. If only one could find a real gold nugget the size of the sculpture.
    Keep searching for your gold Grace.

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  20. Every now and then I have day dreams of winning a lottery, but finding a gold nugget, this size, not sure. The best part would be being out in nature doing the looking...just like a lottery, once a gold nugget is found people start coming out of the woodwork to take it away. So I'll satisfy myself by looking at your photo and reading your words. Happy Friday Grace :)

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  21. Awsesome story, Grace! Only 16 years of age!
    Some of the Perth Mint we have here, too and I guess I just have to expand my Perth-list (hopefully) 2019 :-)

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  22. Wow, this is something. I sure hope trump doesn't learn of it, he may believe he should have it for himself! Yikes!

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  23. Your blog is very nice,Thanks for sharing good blog.

    soy'vvow]oN

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  24. It sort of looks like it's shaped like a newborn baby....

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