Somewhere in the hostile, scorching desert of central Australia may lie a fortune in gold. It is the gold reef of Harold Lasseter, somewhere beyond the Petermann Mountains.
Lasseter, a tough, down-to-earth prospector, stumbled on the reef in 1897.But it was another 14 years before he could raise enough money to launch an expedition. Tragically, it was doomed to failure’because of the dreadful desert conditions the men encountered. Lasseter and his group battled on gamely for as long as they could, but they eventually had to abandon the bid and were lucky to save their lives.
Lasseter and his group battled on gamely for as long as they could, but they eventually had to abandon the bid and were lucky to save their lives.
Lasseter still clung to his dream and immediately set about organizing a second expedition. It took him until 1930 to finance it, and once again it was defeated by the desert. Every one of Lasseter’s companions died, leaving him to struggle on alone with two camels. Then he fell victim to sand blindness and eventually starved to death.
Years later, his body was found in a cave where he had sought shelter. But none of the prospectors and fortune-hunters who have since tried have ever been able to find the fortune that lured him to his death.