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Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

    Goldfields welcomes home 23kg gold nugget

    Saturday, 5 November 2011
    • 23kg Ausrox gold nugget on display at WA Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder
    • Third largest nugget to be found by a metal detector world-wide
    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today unveiled a 23.26kg gold nugget which will be on temporary display at the WA Museum’s Kalgoorlie-Boulder site.

    Mr Day said it was a return home for the Ausrox Gold Nugget, which was discovered by metal detector in April 2010 in the Eastern Goldfields.

    “It is fitting that this nugget has, in effect, come home to be on display at the WA Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder in the Vault exhibition which houses half of the State’s gold collection,” he said.

    “Bringing objects and collections such as this to the museum is important not only to ensure the museum remains a key attraction for visitors to the Goldfields, but also so the people of the Goldfields have access to their heritage.”

    Before being welcomed home to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the nugget - which was purchased by Ausrox Gold in 2010 - had been on display in Victoria.

    The Minister said the nugget would be on display at the WA Museum until January 10, 2012 and will then travel overseas to be displayed at the Houston Museum; the new Perot Museum in Dallas; and then in Munich, Germany.

    “Since gold was first discovered near Kalgoorlie by Paddy Hannan in 1893, it has been a valuable resource to the community, and indeed the State, and has come to define the region,” he said.

    “It is fitting that the nugget be brought home for the people of the Goldfields to see before it embarks on its international tour.”

          Fact File
    • The Ausrox Gold Nugget will be on display at the WA Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder from November 5, 2011 until January 10, 2012
    • More information at http://www.museum.wa.gov.au
    • Image credit: The 23kg Ausrox Gold Nugget. © Andy Comas, Ausrox Gold

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