On January 5, 1884, a mounted police constable named Alfred Eaton discovered four large masses of iron while on duty in the district of Youndegin, Western Australia. The specimens were identified as meteoric iron by a geologist and were soon acquired by the British Museum, the Geological Museum at Freemantle, and the Melbourne Museum.
In 1890 a fifth mass of Youndegin weighing 173 kg was found and subsequently acquired by British meteorite dealer James Gregory (1832-1899). Gregory, who also published a monograph and press release on Youndegin, sold the beautiful mass to Henry A. Ward (1834-1906). This same specimen now resides in the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.
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FEATURED SPECIMEN: 19.6 grams with large inclusion + original monograph and press release from the Gregory estate. Specimen measures
29 x 28 x 4 mm.
8.0 grams w/ natural edge
c.1892 James Gregory mounted albumen photo of a Youndegin slice. A neatly-labeled, one-of-a-kind artifact from one of the most important British meteorite dealers of the 19th century. Measures 7 x 6.25 inches.
c.1892 James Gregory mounted albumen photo of 173kg Youndegin. This same photo is featured in Gregory's monograph. Specimen now resides at FMNH, Chicago. Measures 7 x 6.25 inches.
6.1 grams (A)
6.1 grams (B)
3.6 grams w/ natural edge
1892 Gregory monograph on 173 kg Youndegin.
Above: c.1892 mounted albumen print from J.Gregory showing a 173kg mass of Youndegin.