Model of the Crescent Nugget discovered in Victoria in 1872

Made in Victoria, Australia, 1872-1885.

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...


Model of gold nugget, 'Crescent' found Berlin 1872, plaster, maker unknown, Victoria, Australia, 1872-1885

A plaster of paris model of Australian gold nugget: No.147 Crescent; Berlin, Victoria. The surface is painted with lustering gold paint. The model has a significant hole in it that represents the irregular shapes of gold orginally found.

Old label reads:
Obtained at John's Paddock, Berlin, (now Rheola) Victoria
depth from surface, 2 feet
Gross weight, 179 oz
Approx value, pounds 704 sterling
Found April 2nd 1872


75 mm
105 mm




The original 'Cresent' nugget was found at Berlin (now Rheola) west of Bendigo in Victoria.

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Model of the Crescent Nugget discovered in Victoria in 1872 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2017, <>
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