Lasseter’s Reef: Australia’s Fabled Gold Mine

In 1929, Australia got its own living and breathing Indiana Jones. It was Lewis Harold Bell Lasseter, a gold prospector who would become the face of the greatest outback mystery of all times. Harold claimed that some 30 years before he had discovered a gold bearing reef in central Australia. His hopes were to go back into the vast expanse and rediscover the lost treasure. Were the claims vague? Yes. Was there evidence? Not exactly. But did the news make waves among historians and gold prospectors? Without a doubt.

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The vast Australian outback. Photo: Steven Penton/Flickr


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