The Golden Triangle
The Worlds Richest Alluvial Gold Nugget Region
Victoria's Golden Triangle region is word famous for the purity, the large size, and the quantity of gold nuggets found within it's area, it has consistently yielded significant finds even to to this very day and it is probably one of the most popular Victorian gold bearing areas to be frequented by todays modern electronic prospectors. The region is basically a low rainfall area making the conditions for alluvial prospecting very difficult, but many of it's streams and gold bearing areas can be rewarding if there is sufficient water available.
The Golden Triangle region of Central Victoria sits on the Northern most area of the Greater Central Goldfields region. With a base line of the triangle beginning at the township of Avoca marking the South West point, and then following a line to the City of Castlemaine which marks the South East point, and with both sides of the triangle meeting at the apex at the township of Wedderburn to the North. The region encompasses an area of 9,400 square kilometres and has produced some of the greatest alluvial gold nugget finds in the world up to this present time. These finds included the Welcome Stranger gold nugget found at Moliagul (weighing 2,322 troy ounces and which is currently the worlds largest single gold nugget ever to be found), the Hand of Faith gold nugget found at Kingower (876 troy ounces), the Viscount of Canterbury found on the Berlin Gold field near Rehola (1,121 troy ounces), the Kum Tow also found on the Berlin Gold field (795 troy ounces), the Poseidon (953 troy ounces) and the Leila (675 troy ounces) which were both found on the Poseidon Lead near Tarnagulla.
A quantity of unnamed nuggets of which several of the larger weighed between 600 to 900 troy ounces were found by early shepherds in the early 1850"s on what was then early pastoral leases at a place now known as Mc Intyre which is situated between Rehola and Kingower. Many of these nuggets were found lying on the surface in several adjoining gullies running down a steep hillside which were later named the Number One Gully, the Number Two Gully and the Number Three Gully.
There have also been many, many other gold nuggets well in excess of 100 troy ounces found over the years at many of the goldfields within The Golden Triangle, and at least two of it's goldfields were called the "Potato Diggings" by the early miners as the nuggets found there were as numerous, and similar in physical size to potatoes. One such goldfield was the Kangderaar Diggings at Kingower and another was at diggings between McIntyre and Tarnagulla. These goldfields were rushed in the 1850's and it is recorded that in their haste to cover as much ground as possible in their quest for the larger nuggets, the diggers actually dug up shovelfull after shovelfull, and, with each new shovelfull they bounced the contents on their shovel a few times while listening for the tell tale metallic "clunk" sound of a nugget striking the shovel, using this method any shovelfull which did not yield the sound of gold on the shovel was promptly discarded and another new shovelfull tried. According to past accounts these diggers only dug the top most layer of their claim to a depth of one or two shovelfulls before moving on to another fresh claim. These old "Potato Diggings" have been a popular venue for modern electronic prospectors since the introduction of metal detectors as a prospecting tool, and as a result many gold nuggets both large and small have been found in more recent times.
Map showing where The Golden Triangle is situated in the Greater Central Goldfields Region.