In a town in Eastern Victoria called Wy Yung in 1899 a man was prospecting for gold. His name was O’Mara and he was a farmer. It is also possible that he was my Great Great Grandfather.
That Friday he found something even more unexpected than gold. He found diamonds. This is a copy of the article published in the Hobart Mercury.
Even though Victoria was the place of a huge goldrush beginning in the mid 1800’s is not really known as a place where diamonds just lie about waiting to be found.
Of course, these diamonds weren’t just stumbled over, O’Mara had dug a hole 12ft deep though so I think that he was pretty keen on finding something.
Although his profession was listed as farmer, I wonder how much farming was going on with holes of that size being dug?
I have found other articles about O’Mara’s in this area and I think that he might have been more of a miner than a farmer. Either that or he had a very understanding and capable wife!
I love the variety of news that was shared in one article in the papers back then.
The poor farmer from Hopkins Point, gored by a boar at the show and not expected to live, the unidentified skeleton found at Korumburra and the rocks donated for exhibition by Captain Jolly.
You never know what you are going to read next. 😀