Summary

The 'Slipper' was a 46 ounce (1.4 kg) gold nugget found in 1875 by miners Marks and MacKenzie.

As with most gold nuggets found during the Victorian gold rush, the Slipper was melted down so that its gold content was in a more easily traded form. Geologists from the Victorian Geological Survey and Mines Department wanted to keep a record of these significant and valuable finds, so convinced many finders to allow moulds to be made of their nuggets prior to melting.

This mould is at least 118 years old, it was transferred to Museums Victoria from the Geological Survey of Victoria in 1987.

Specimen Details

Geospatial Information

  • Country

    Australia

  • State

    Victoria

  • Precise Location

    Crusoe Gully, Sandhurst - depth 3 feet