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Treasures podcast ep 2: The great gold nugget and the cricket stumps

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 19 Mar 2018

In the early 1800s, Sydney was the kind of town where you might win and lose your fortune in a single day.

Maitland Bar Gold Nugget

Maitland Bar Gold Nugget
Photographer:  © Australian Museum

In this episode, we look at Australia’s first bank note and how it replaced rum as the nation’s preferred currency. We also reveal the hidden story of how a 10-kilogram gold nugget became an unwitting prop in a game of office cricket.

Join journalist Charles Wooley and Australian Museum Director Kim McKay as they explore the astounding objects and specimens of the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition, housed in the nation’s oldest museum gallery.

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