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Record 10/33
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Collection MHS (unaccessioned) General
Description Wooden wheelbarrow with a metal front wheel. It is painted pinky red in a patchy way and has M.O.W [Ministry of Works] painted on one side.

Inside the wheelbarrow are three gold bearing quartz rocks from Wakamarina which were brought to MHS by Kevin Andrews. There is a fourth inside cabinet 8 (see image 2).

The poem leaning against one of the rocks is:
"I have a claim in Cullen's Creek,
There's nothing in it.
Its costs would make a miser shriek,
There's nothing in it.
We bottomed on a sidling reef,
Three grains of gold we got for beef,
A miner's life is full of grief,
There's nothing in it."
James Watts
Object ID 0000.800.0313
Object Name Wheelbarrow
People Watts, James
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014