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London first heard of the southern hemisphere's Ophir three months after the rush
began. Migrants who boarded ships for Australia, their passage paid by a
government, could not believe the first stories that men were digging gold like
Often five months, sometimes nine months, passed before that shaft reached the
golden bed of the river which miners called the gutter. The small syndicates faced
grave obstacles. Most shafts passed through zones of drifting sand from which ...
Miners named it the Duck Pond; it was full of golden eggs, and month after month
the company gathered the eggs and produced a ton of gold a month. The shares
jumped from £9 to £28 each in London, and the company paid £625,000 in ...
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