14 Apr 1870 - gold discovered in Gulgong

#OnThisDay in 1870 gold was discovered in Gulgong, sparking a major gold rush for the area. Tom Saunders found 14oz of gold at Red Hill and by 1872 the population of the town of Gulgong had swelled to 20,000 people. The rich alluvial deposits were close to the surface and prospectors could mine with hand tools.

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Browse Surveyor General - Sketch Books showing gold fields (Gulgong not listed)