|MULLARD, Isaac T.|
|LASSETER, DIED of WOUNDS.|
Now that Mr. Isaac T. Mullard has entered the Lasseter affair a great deal of LASSETERIA will have to be rewritten and the rest critically reviewed. Ike Mullard was the Mr. Mallard who paid Lasseter a visit in late January 1930 and left Lasseter with a map to a gold reef in the Warburton Ranges.
Both Mullard, who had some form on the West Australian goldfields, and Lasseter, who had plenty of form elsewhere, had a mutual acquaintance, one W. F. Roberts; assayer for John Baileys, Arnheim Land Gold, and the return addressee if the Japanese consul cared to contact Lasseter about some valuable information for sale. According to E. H. Coote, Lasseter and Roberts were business partners.
In August 1931, W. F. Roberts backed Mullard on an expedition to the Warburton Ranges to relocate “a large auriferous quartz reef” he had allegedly discovered in 1900, coincidentally, the same year Lasseter and Harding were in the vicinity sampling a reef, fourteen miles long and assaying three ounces to the ton. Mullard claimed his reef shed a floater containing seven ounces of gold.
Mullard’s introduction to the Lasseter story answers a few questions about Lasseter’s movements and intentions, his seemingly useless trek to Lake Christopher now has a purpose, and his complaint to Blakeley about 150 miles too far north at Mount Leisler has some foundation. Lasseter’s intentions were quite clear, he was after Mullard’s Reef.
This article appeared in The Australian Worker on Wednesday the 16th September 1931, the highlighted passage links to Lasseter's Diary, a questionable document that was not discovered until the following month, a fine example of a pre discovery so to speak. Also an excellent example of a post discovery with Lasseter's gold specimens. Mark Twain was quite right, thus Australian history is writ.
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