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Edward Hargraves
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Born in Gosport, Hampshire
Born on 7th of October 1816
Died on 29th of October 1891

Born 1816. Died 1891 - English colonialist.

Travelled to California during the Gold Rush but was unsuccessful so moved onto Australia. Found gold in 1851 and was appointed commissioner of Crown lands by the New South Wales Government. Received a reward of £10,000 for his find. Returned to England and published Australia and its Goldfields (1855).

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