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Reg Wilson is a bit of a legend in Australian detecting circles and has kept a comprehensive photo collection of his finds over 4 or 5 decades. Now everyone likes gold images and stories -  and there

Fabulous photos JR and I am honored that you are posting them on the forum! The quote above reminds me how I wish I could go back about thirty years and rearrange a few things. I was up to my neck in

mn, interesting that you should ask about Bruce Candy, as he is probably one of the most talented and enigmatic people I have ever met. I first met Bruce in the early eighties, when I was detecti

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Mitchel: Thank you for the topic offer and your encouragement for the idea of reposting the album here on Steves forum. I'll post more soon!

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Thanks Dave and Paul.

I'm just basking in reflected glory here. Reg's lovely wife Jannine did all the slow tedious image scanning and Reg is a self confessed computer image upload agrophobe, hence my role.

 Ian with 20oz specimen, Moliagul:


Blue quartz specimens, northeast of Wedderburn. Weight forgotten. On a personal note, of all Reg's gold, these lovely specimen pieces are easily my favourites. This image copy has almost lost the beautiful blue colour.   cyclops


30 ozs Havelock and Maryborough:


John H S and Ian Jacques: Stinking hot summer day. Prototype SD and battery backpack on ground


"Beagle Boys" Ian, John and Reg (with SD prototypes) keeping out.  Very Happy


35 ounces from Kingower:


the late Timmy Raven with a 60 oz piece from "Ravens Patch" Longbush:


8 oz and 5 oz "Ravens patch" longbush:


Reg, foxy Digby and detecting partner Murray Cox. Mid 80's (photo: Sun Herald)


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The big coils from an earlier time, the old Datsuns you might even say a generation ago but some of you are still out there finding the big chunks.  When do you think Reg first started finding gold?  Who was his mentor?

When did you find your first nugget?


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Thanks JR for the pics and your words in the other thread regarding my triumph over cancer. And speaking of triumph it was that photo of Reg with that nugget in the GG & T magazine that inspired me with my 1st detector the GT16000 which if I am correct was the same detector that located that particular nugget. 

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I'll get Reg to answer the first part of your question. He's currently at the Laanecoorie gold bash in central Victoria, and when I phoned him last night he was having  a glass (or two) of his famous home brew single malt whisky with Howard, the QED detector inventor :biggrin:

My first find? I started gold detecting comparatively late. I used to chase old coins with a Whites 5000D in the 70's. Like Goldenoldie, it wasn't until I saw that iconic image of Reg and his dog chomping on the "Roughie"  (featuring in an ad for a Minelab GT 16000)  that I bought one in Wedderburn from the late Barrie Johnson.

I had met John Hider Smith earlier and he allowed me to detect on one of his Miners Right Claim's in the Beggary Hills. Little did I know that he and Ian had already combed it with those strange looking Goldseeker 15000's with the roughly made big coils (It wasn't till much later that I discovered they were SD proto's and could penetrate almost twice as deep as any then current detector)

I remember I fired up my new machine and within minutes had a signal which turned out to be a pretty 1 oz colour. I still have it:


Later on, when I excitedly showed them what I had found, the look on John and Ian's faces was priceless - - - :laugh:

More soon  - - -

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Colours from Poseidon. Shed from the Woolshed Reef. Notice all the bits had a distinctive perforated appearance.


The late Roy Harris with a 14 oz piece detected by the Beagle Boys from Roy's property at Poseidon. Roy kept this piece as his share of the gold recovered:


60 odd ozs from John Condins paddock, Wehla, detected by Ian and Reg:


John Condin looking happy, as Ian and Reg paid him 20% of the 60 oz recovered from his property


Condin paddock gold. Reg said: "Ian with some of the better slugs that we found with our brand new SD2000's on the first day we used them. Between the two of us we pulled over 60 ozs in 2 days. What a way to break in our machines!"


John Condins wife Lynne with some of the gold:



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