# 24975

[HAMILTON, Mrs.]; [DEUCHAR, John, Mrs.]

A Nugget of Gold from Australia!!! presented to Mrs John Deuchar by Mrs Hamilton on 12th Aug. 1867, New Zealand.

$2,750.00 AUD

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Manuscript note in brown ink on a small scrap of paper, 50 x 60 mm, laid down on later card backing; old fold lines (the gold nugget was originally enclosed inside the note), a small perforation and two short edge tears, resulting in the loss of a couple of letters, else complete; [together with] the gold nugget referred to in the note, weight 6 grams.

It is possible that Mrs. John Deuchar was Eliza Charlotte (née Lee, 1840-1923), the wife of John Deuchar (1822-1872), pioneer pastoralist in the Warwick district of southeast Queensland. In the early 1840s Deuchar was the first white man to travel overland from the New England district as far north as the Darling Downs, at that time part of New South Wales (see the ADB).

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