Model of the Precious Nugget discovered in Victoria in 1858

Made in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1885.

When founded in 1880, the Technological, Industrial and Sanitary Museum was to be a showcase for ‘all the products of useful art’ from raw materials to finished products. When the Technological Museum opened in Ultimo in 1893, visitors ascended from economic geology on the ground floor through economic botany on the first floor to economic zoology on the top floor. The focus in economic geology was on Australia’s raw materials and the methods used to process these into useful products. Gold, and...


Gold nugget model, of 'Precious' nugget found Catto's Paddock, Berlin (now Rheola), Victoria, Australia, 1871, plaster, maker unknown, Australia, made 1871-1885

A plaster of paris model of a large gold nugget 'No.144'. Painted in gold with a nobbly surface. The 'Precious' nugget was originally obtained at Catto's Paddock, Berlin (now Rheola), Victoria. Depth from the surface, 12 feet. Gross weight, 1717 03. Approx. value, 6868 sterling pounds. Found in January 5th 1871.


105 mm
160 mm




The original nugget was found at Berlin (now Rheola) west of Bendigo in Victoria.
White, James 1858-1885


Purchased 1885
23 October, 1885

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Model of the Precious Nugget discovered in Victoria in 1858 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2017, <>
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