Event to mark 150 years since Welcome Stranger discovery

Central Goldfields Historical and Arts Society committee members Rachel Buckley and Ken Duell are working to create a display in the Dunolly Museum
worth its weight in gold.

The Goldfields Historical and Arts Society is set to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the world’s largest gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger.

Members of the society will wind back the clock, showcasing the history of the nugget with a guided historical tour and an exhibition at the Dunolly Museum.

Committee member Ken Duell said the Welcome Stranger is important to local history, which Dunolly is built upon.

“The town of Dunolly is built on gold and we want to preserve the history of the area,” he said.

“It’s hugely important that we celebrate this sort of event. Dunolly is the small town that will never die.”

The Welcome Stranger museum display will take place on February 2 and 3, featuring everything from historical pictures and tools to the scales the nugget was originally weighed on, loaned from the NAB Museum.

On Tuesday, February 5, the official 150th anniversary of the discovery, society members will be leading a guided walking tour at the Welcome Stranger Monument in Moliagul, which is set to be insightful and enjoyable, committee member Rachel Buckley said.

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