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What a great weekend....and that dredge!

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Yep...that dredge is the nuts! Really cool old mine.

Jim

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great photos simon and a good story too

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Great pics as always by you two.  But no photos of your panned gold?

 

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The ole gold out of the rabbit hole trick!

nice work fellas...agree with the others very scenic. 

strick

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Thanks for the story and pic's.   Whenever I here New Zealand and pubs together I think of a movie called Once were warriors.  

 

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It was a bit disappointing she didn't have a big nugget mine for her and for us ?

The panned gold we found wasn't worth a photo, we only did a couple of pans each but proved there was gold to be found.  She now knows if she wants to gather up some gold a detector isn't the right method.  She can save the money and buy a few pans for the visitors to play with.

The Minelab dealer will give her a few recovery technique offers I am sure, he knows his stuff when it comes to sluicing and the likes.

I wasn't even going to do a post so I didn't take photos of the things I should have like the old equipment left behind by the miners however I thought it was such an unusual situation it may make a nice story to read.   She had a very nice backyard ?

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Cool Simon. You took heaps of photos, I didn't take one. They will never believe you panned some gold with no photos. :laugh: But I know. I dont get too excited over flour gold. The penny I found I thought was going to be an old british one but it was a 1958 kiwi penny. Seemed a very strange dated coin to be in there. Way after the gold days. Maybe someone just like us back in the 1960 wandering around the old workings. I did show the lady & it turned out to be her birth year. I was going to give it to her before we left but it did the vanishing act on me. I just didn't know where it went to. I tried looking for it but no joy. It was my 2nd signal among millions of the usual shotgun pellets, .22 shells & their lead bullet heads. Was as Simon said, a cool spot & what a backyard to have. Needs a highbanker.

The other time I was in that area was on the other side of the creek that flows down out of the hills. A mate of mine had dredged 8 ounces just downstream from where an old timers tailings race emptied into the creek. The gold being very fine they lost a lot with their inadequate recovery methods & probably the volume of water going down their boxes to wash on the bigger waste material. We did some detecting back then & got nothing. There was no bedrock. Just clays & gravels. 

Good luck out there

JW ?

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