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About jrbeatty

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    Burragate NSW Australia
  • Interests:
    Geology, history, Electronics, Prospecting.
  • Gear Used:
    QED detector with GPX 5000 in reserve.

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  1. Pets are close family members - I'm a big cat lover as well. We Aussies are no strangers to catastrophic wildfire, and my heart goes out to all Californians impacted by this terrible fire.
  2. That's Jay Gold's find already posted here: https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/7831-jays-lump-golden-triangle/ Nice one!
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    Gold Found With QED

    Edit: the supplied information and image in this post was apparently a hoax and has been removed by me. My apologies!
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    Steve's 2018 UK Adventure

    Me too Steve. As a lover of Romano British history I've spent some time there over the years - not detecting, but I once worked briefly restoring a section of Hadrian's Wall. In an earlier life I was a stonemason. Rocks on the brain, I suppose! I have a nice collection of Roman coins, but my dream find would be a gold Solidus. :)
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    Hey Simon.....

    Careful what you dip it in, if it's pyrites it could react "unexpectedly" to certain chemicals.
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    Hey Simon.....

    Phrunt: Looks like an iron pyrite cube. I have one in my collection
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    Found Some Long Lost Hi8 Video - - -

    I'm just bumping this final vid to the new page Yeah Reg. I'm not ashamed to admit I teared up a few times while transcribing this tape. I owe a lot to Jim. Naturally I've edited out an awful lot of repetitive, boring footage. For instance, en route to WA we travelled in convoy and chatted away on CB radio. There were some delightful accidentally recorded dialogues between us (because I had set down the camera whilst still running) but visually, a half hour close up of seat upholstery :)
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    Found Some Long Lost Hi8 Video - - -

    Last one. Thanks for watching: A short shot of Jim and the "Bismarck" to end the series. Jim died of cancer after a long debilitating struggle but his legacy lives on in many ways. Apart from his two adult children, there's now the Jim Stewart Memorial Trophy awarded annually (at the "Laanecoorie bash" in Victoria's Golden Triangle) to the peer nominated prospector who most lives up to his ideals of generosity, helpfulness, honesty and humour. Of course he also lives on in the memory of those who knew him personally. Hopefully, this video series has not only introduced him to those who never met him, but has reawakened fond memories for those who did. With Ken Leach and Johnny Morley. Mid 90's Fortunate Gully Rheola.
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    Found Some Long Lost Hi8 Video - - -

    Good question Jin. Using the "Bismarck" Jimmy and I found about 50 odd ozs, but Jim and Johnny Morley worked together for a far longer period and would have scored far more than that. Sadly, I believe Johnny had a stroke some time back and is now invalided. Jimmy also worked alone with good results, but I'd have to ask Robyn (Jim's widow) in order to get more specific figures.
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    Found Some Long Lost Hi8 Video - - -

    The "Bismarck" was a real drawcard whenever it appeared in public. This scene was fairly typical. However, here it struggled to handle salty ground. With Jim Stewart near Goongarrie, WA mid 90's. Copied from HI8
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    Found Some Long Lost Hi8 Video - - -

    Here's that hardy young character again. Brilliant detector operator but junk this time. He was shyly courting the "Chicken burger lady" who ran a takeaway stall at Laverton, WA, hence the banter. I wonder whether the relationship flourished into permanence :) Featuring Jim Stewart and prospector Ian McMaster's better half, who's name now escapes me. Shot at Hawks Nest north, Laverton, WA mid 90's You certainly meet some characters outback 😉
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    Found Some Long Lost Hi8 Video - - -

    I've never been back, but judging by other areas done with proto's and big loops, only deep small gold would remain.
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    Found Some Long Lost Hi8 Video - - -

    Thanks Northeast. That run was all in new ground, as was the nearby 6 ozer, also the 70 oz nugget found nearby in the fifties. This undisturbed ground consists of short runs (or "Necks" as Jimmy and I called them) draining into Yorath gully. The main gullies in that paddock (Fortunate and Sheepwash) were extensively worked during the Gold Rush years with nuggets up to 200oz found. As shown in the other vids, we only found junk in them. Working separately at around the same time with JHS, Reg found a good patch elsewhere on Kens property. Ken Leach was a cantankerous old bugger who hated prospectors and this was the reason he finally did a deal with us, since his property was constantly "moonlighted" As you probably know, Rheola was historically fabulously rich in very big gold. Ken died of skin cancer not long after this was filmed. His son John took over, and at the time I sent copies of this footage to him. He described his father to me as having become "gold obsessed" in his later years, to the detriment of the property.
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    Found Some Long Lost Hi8 Video - - -

    While Jim Stewart, Johnny Morley and property owner Ken Leach were chasing large deep pieces with the "Bismarck" I got to work with an SD2100 with the green 18" "dustbin" lid and recovered a few smaller bits. This 6 grammer was one of a small run of tiddlers heading towards deeper ground. Shot at Sheepwash Gully, Rheola, mid 90's PS: Note to self: Vids embed better with Chrome than IE :)
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    Found Some Long Lost Hi8 Video - - -

    Featuring the same rough, tough but excellent young prospector from the "Cap Rock" series but seen here crushing quartz specimens (some of which came from that hole) This bloke works right through the heat of a WA summer and made a more than adequate living from detecting. We enjoyed his company immensely - "water worn lovelies" indeed! With Jim Stewart and prospector Ian McMaster (sieve) Shot at the Laverton, WA caravan park mid 90's Edit: Thanks Steve. I'll remember that (maybe)