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The word “nugget” is supposed to be of Australian origin, and has been traced back to the old convict days. There are records showing that a frequent offence in the penal settlements was gambling for what, in the slang of tiie prisons, wore called “huggets,” or lumps of tobacco. The proof that it is not of American origin lies in the fact that the name “Nugget Island” appears on an old chart of New Zealand published in cither 1835 or 1836, which was before the discovery of gold in California. Many convicts went from Sydney to California, and to them the word “nugget” is attributed.

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HISTORY OF THE NAME., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 49, 2 February 1907

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HISTORY OF THE NAME. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 49, 2 February 1907

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