Getting Gold

Getting Gold

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"[...]the alleged discovery was a fraud, and that the nugget produced was a melted down brass candlestick. One might have imagined that even in those unenlightened days it would not have been difficult to find a scientist sufficiently well informed to put a little nitric acid on the supposed nugget, and so determine whether it was the genuine article, without skinning a live man first to ascertain. My belief is that the unfortunate fellow really found gold, but, as Mr. Deas Thompson, the then Colonial Secretary, afterwards told Hargraves in discouraging his reported discovery, "You must remember that as soon as Australia becomes known as a gold-producing country it is utterly spoiled as a receptacle for convicts." This, then, was the secret of the unwillingness of the authorities to encourage the search for gold, and it is after all due to the fact that the search was[...]."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 336g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507557671
  • 9781507557679