A Million Pounds and Not a Penny Return



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
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A Victorian Gold Mining Saga

Senior Curator Matthew Churchward explores the unfortunate saga of the Moolort and Charlotte Plains Deep Lead Gold Mines, into which unwitting British investors sunk over £1,000,000 in the 1890s.

Lured by the potential of tapping a fabulously rich trunk lead, six mines were established in the Loddon Valley of northern Victoria, and equipped with the best mining plant in Australia. The companies became embroiled in the fraudulent web of the notorious swindler Whitaker Wright and after over a decade of concerted effort all eventually succumbed to the numerous technical difficulties without ever paying a penny in dividends.

Item MM 143459: Stereograph - Charlotte Plains Gold Mine, Machinery & Worker, Victoria, circa 1900s

Speaker: Matthew Churchward, Senior Curator, Engineering & Transport, Museums Victoria

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