February 5, 1869
The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the "Welcome Stranger", is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.
Miners and their wives posing with the finders of the largest alluvial gold find in the world, the Welcome Stranger.
The "Welcome Stranger" is the name given to the largest alluvial gold nugget ever found, which had a calculated refined weight of 2,283 oz 6 dwts 9 gr. It measured 61 cm (24 inches) by 31 cm (12.2 inches), and was discovered by Cornish prospectors John Deason and Richard Oates on 5 February 1869 at Moliagul, Victoria, Australia, about 9 miles north-west of Dunolly.