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The Keane Wonder Mine -- in an era of many gold, silver and lead strikes, the Keane Wonder Mine truly lived up to its intriguing name. In December 1903, two men from Ballarat--one an out of work Irish miner named Jack Keane and his partner, a one-eyed Basque butcher named Domingo Etcharren were prospecting for silver. They had been working on a particular ledge for several months, but were unsucessful. Jack Keane, quite by accident discovered an immense ledge of free-milling gold by the work site and named the claim the Keane Wonder Mine. Since this was Keane's first strike in 8 years of desert prospecting, it is not surprising that he named it the "Wonder" mine.

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