0089 Gold, Andersons Creek, Warrandyte, City of Manningham, Victoria

My first ever mineral specimen. I found this panning Anderson’s Creek in 1980 and it is still in my collection. Although the ‘nugget’ is only 2.5mm on its longest dimension, it is cute and reminds me of a wombat’s head (a wombat being a one metre long marsupial – check out Wikipedia for more info). Interestingly, Warrandyte is thought to have come from the aboriginal name ‘warin’ which means wombat!

From one of the two first official gold discoveries in Victoria. I panned this before I became interested in minerals.

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