The Story of Harry.
Copyright 2000 By Paul Clacher
I was told by an “Old Timer” in the Pub at St Arnaud one day about a large
tin full of gold nuggets in the area. The story goes something like this. Harry
told his best mate while he was dying in hospital of a hidden drum of Gold he
had buried in the forest. It was a square 4-gallon Kerosene tin full of Gold
nuggets. He had found the nuggets while fossicking in the local forest. He told
his friend that he had buried the drum so many feet from a land mark just inside
the forest boundary.
He did state what the land mark was, but what Harry had forgotten
to tell his friend, was which one. You see there are many large old dead trees
just inside the forest. What Harry had also forgotten to tell his friend was
which part of the forest the drum was buried. This story was told in 1967
just before he died.
As far as I know the Gold has still not
been found. Yes, I did go looking for the Gold and I did actually find Harry’s
old camp. It was full of old bottles, dry sieve plates and an old stone fireplace
he had made. If you look carefully in the photograph you can see the fireplace
behind the structure. I even found his old hat that I wedged in a “V” in one
of his cross spars. It is held there in part by the T bar of an old A frame
hut he obviously had built. I located numerous old gold diggings, which included
a puddling hole. I did find an old rusty 4-gallon Kerosene tin but it was
empty. (Unfortunately) It was also on top of the ground. At least I could
tell what type of drums Harry used.
I conducted some further research on this
subject with some local farmers and found that Harry was a good family man
and that he had 5 children. I was told that when Harry retired he dedicated
himself to finding COLAHAN’s lost reef, which had been reported in the area.
I could talk about that lost reef, but that’s another story. It is not known
if Harry had indeed found the lost reef, but from his diggings he certainly
must have found something, as the diggings were quite extensive. I was told
that Harry had died of a stroke. I was also told that Harry’s friend tried
to find the Gold using a Crow Bar as a stake, but found nothing. Oh yes, by
the way the forest is in Victoria and it is the Kara Kara State forest. Good
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