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But only time will tell if his dad’s prediction will come true that “he’ll come home broke with no friends.” The stakes don’t come much higher this year for Rick.
While gold miner and rival Todd Hoffman is out, things aren’t any easier for 23-year-old Parker Schnabel.
And he’s determined that nobody, especially Parker, will get in his way.
Tony’s also looking ahead at his kids’ future and is doubling down on everything this year including dredges, barges and gold.
When eight tonnes of Victorian gold arrived at London's port in April 1852, the Times of London declared: '...
this is California all over again, but, it would appear, California on a larger scale…' Between 18, Bendigo produced the most gold in the world.
The plan doesn’t sit well for Tony – who could lose millions – and he’s determined to teach young Parker a lesson.
The discovery of gold in the 1850s and 60s is the most significant event in the evolution of the state of Victoria.
Fuelled by extravagant stories of wealth gained at the 1849 Californian gold rush, gold fever hit Victoria following the early gold discoveries in and around Clunes, Warrandyte and Ballarat.
But the real rush began with the discovery of the Mount Alexander goldfield 60 kilometres north-east of Ballarat.
Mt Alexander (taking in the goldfields of Castlemaine and Bendigo) was one of the world's richest shallow alluvial goldfields, yielding around four million ounces of gold, most of which was found in the first two years of the rush and within five metres of the surface.