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  • Title
    Central Australian Gold Exploration (CAGE) Company Limited records, 1930-1934
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    MLMSS 10108
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  • Physical Description
    0.01 metres of textual material (1 folder)

    The Central Australian Gold Exploration (CAGE) Co. Ltd was formed in 1930 by John (Jack) Bailey, to fund an expedition into Central Australia to search for a gold reef that Harold Bell Lasseter (1880-1931) claimed to have discovered about three decades earlier. The expedition set off in July 1930, however, distrust and dissension grew as months passed without a discovery, leading to Lasseter continuing on his own and eventually dying of starvation early in 1931. A second expedition coordinated by CAGE in 1931 found Lasseter's emaciated body but no gold.
    ML 17/39

    John (Jack) Bailey (1871-1947), trade union leader and politician, was born on 14 June 1871 at Manus Creek, New South Wales. From 1930 he was honorary chairman of the Central Australia Gold Exploration Co. which financed an expedition to find L. H. B. Lasseter's lost reef. In 1931-32 he was a director of the World.
  • Collection history
    By descent from the donor's great grandfather, John Jenkins, a director of CAGE
  • Scope and Content
    A collection of records from the Central Australian Gold Exploration Company Limited comprising:
    Letter from John Bailey, chairman of CAGE, to prospective investors enclosing a copy of a letter from Leslie G. Bridge, honorary organiser of the Central Australian Gold Expedition, 1931.
    Brochure advertising an expedition to central and western Australia, with a transcript of a radio broadcast over 2UW on 20 August, 1931.
    Memorandum and Articles of Association of CAGE, 1930.
    Prospectus documents from CAGE to raise funds to finance the various expeditions, dated June 1930 for the original expedition and October 1932 for the third expedition.
    Flyer advertising the release of the book, Hell's Airport by Errol Coote, 1934.
  • Collection history
    By descent from the donor's great grandfather, John Jenkins, a director of CAGE
  • Source
    Presented by John Vassar, September 2017
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and is usually available after 4pm on the next business day. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright holder:: This collection has multiple copyright holders
    Approval for publication required: required from copyright holder
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
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