Stereograph image 'The Australian Gold Nugget', a view of the Victorian Gold Display & Panning Demonstration at the London International Exhibition, 1862. The stereograph was produced by London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company.

The London International Exhibition was held in South Kensington, 1 May - 15 November 1862. The exhibition's organizers hoped to surpass the wildly successful 'Crystal Palace' Exhibition of 1851, and certainly more exhibits were displayed from more exhibitors in more countries. It was possibly too ambitious: the architecture of the exhibition was soundly criticized, and the recent death of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria's non-attendance at the opening cast a solemn mood.

Description of Content

Interior view. To the front left of the image is an ornate fountain. At the centre of the image is an obelisk surrounded by a low wooden barrier, with a bench seat in front. People are sitting on the bench and mingling around the obelisk. At the rear of the image, on the wall of the building, is a very large circular clock.

Physical Description

Stereograph adhered to yellow card. The card is slightly concave. The image depicts a gold washing apparatus within an ornately carved wooden display case in front of a pipe organ.

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