When writing a novel, especially an historic one, there are so many interesting facts you learn along the way.
This is one I learnt this morning. I was able to use in my chapter too.
The Welcome Stranger, a gold nugget that weighed 210 lbs, was found in Moliagul Victoria in 1869 by Deason and Oates. It was the largest gold piece in the world and was worth $3,000,000. It lay just cms below the earth among some tree roots. ‘Confound it,’ Deason cursed, ‘I’ve broken my pick.’ But then he saw it, sticking several inches out of the ground ‘like a boulder on a hill’. It was so heavy they had to take it away on the back of a wagon.