I wish that my backyard was as profitable as that of Mr Butterick’s of Wedderburn.
I am not surprised that he started digging holes in his backyard. He did have seven daughters after all. Maybe he didn’t have a shed. He also must have had very discreet neighbours if nobody else knew what he was doing for 18 months. I think that if I started mining in our garden someone would notice.
Poor guy didn’t get too long to enjoy the fruits of his labours though, dying only two years after the discovery.
Very convenient, having the gold right on your doorstep. People travelled from all around the world to share in Australia’s gold rush. He didn’t even have to leave home.