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  1. I did not realize the extent of the catastrophic flooding that has befallen Australia. Here in California we can identify with some of your problems, but like most everything else in the country, yours is bigger. Hang in there folks.
  2. On the right holes dug by shovels back in the 1800s On the left mining by machines recently. I always fill in my holes mainly to prevent others from knowing it has been productive. As far as detector holes go they pale into insignificant compared to the damage done by mining.
  3. A good look at Aus. circumnavigate. I have been to all of their National Park location and done a lot more of bushwalking/hikes that they show. It is a hot country so it might be a chance to forget your USA blizzard and warm you up. It is in English.
  4. The wife decided to get rid of some of our coins and cash them in nearly $400 The metals are a mixture of copper and nickel . 5c, 10c, 20c and 50c coins are 75 per cent copper and 25 per cent nickel.
  5. Around 1900, a book was published detailing large Australian nugget finds. Can someone kindly supply title, author, and publication info? Thanks!
  6. Pretty cool Youtube channel of a West Australian chopper-muster pilot chasing gold via Robinson R44...... well worth a look:
  7. We don't have a specific "gold areas" section on the forum but there's been a lot of talk of Tibooburra lately (yes, I know, mostly by me 🙂 ) so I just thought I'd share a little clip about this wonderful little place. It's a short clip but shows a bit of the scenery and you can look on their channel for other videos of interest, and to keep it on theme of the forum, I'll also include a great little 4 part series by a Youtuber I watch. I hope you enjoy...
  8. Has any one detected one of these. A Ballarat Miner's Safety hook. Miners soon discovered that… A Ballarat Miner's Safety hook. Miners soon discovered that even with a windlass and rope, pulling up a bucket of 'Wash Dirt' could be dangerous, especially to people down below, if the lip of the bucket caught and the contents dumped back down. to remedy this, they fashioned a Safety hook, which saved many headaches whilst also easy for disengaging the bucket at the surface, 33 cm long
  9. Source................> ****Australia**** Australian Exam Sample.pdf First Part.......... 1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow. 2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium. 3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast. 4. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world. 5. Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second. 6. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’. 7. The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra. 8. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first). 9. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas. 10. In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide. 11. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success. 12. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia. 13. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre. 14. Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts. 15. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world. 16. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control. More than 60 more in PDF or Link
  10. I arrived in Perth with all luggage intact. Caught the Skipper flight to Leonora and my ride was waiting. We pitched camp between Leonora and Leinster and hit a well detected patch. The 6k and 14x9 Coiltek were awesome at sniffing out some incredibly tiny gold. I had 15 crumbs just shy of 2 grams. My partner had an extra half day of detecting and pulled close to 4 grams. We packed up to head north for some 40e spots we had logged. Unfortunately, my partner sprained his detecting wing while loading the truck. We've holed up in the lodge in Leinster, hoping for some mending time, however; we got some pointy fingers from forum members Gone Bush and Dave D. Their guidance produced another couple grams in the poke and we're just getting started. We could not have organized this adventure without our Aussie prospecting brothers on this forum. Bravo Zulu to Tony in Perth for storing our gear and helping us at every step. Bravo Zulu to Gone Bush and Dave D, for unselfishly giving us the pointy fingers to productive areas us poor Yanks might never find. I'll get some photos and nugget weights out tomorrow. I hear the beer time bell at the pub across the street. Don't want to be late for beer time. See you fukkas soon.
  11. N° 2 and N° 4 Grandkids wanted to do a bushwalk with me so I took them to the start of the Australian Alps Walking Track as we only had my vehicle it had to be a there and back exercise from Walhalla to the Thomson River and back. The Australian Alps Walking Track is a long distance walking trail through the alpine areas of Victoria, New South Wales and ACT. It is 655 km long, starting at Walhalla (a historical gold field), Victoria and running through to Canberra. The track goes mainly though Australian national parks It ascends many peaks including Mount Kosciuszko, Mount Bogong, and Bimberi Peak. To walk the whole trail can take between 5 to 8 weeks. Now the boys insist on doing the next section to the STEEL BRIDGE as soon as time permits. The history of the track.
  12. The Yarra river flows through the heart of Melbourne an interesting Video of gold history area. ....Utube Link....
  13. This guy is very stupid, the Eastern Brown snake is one of the worst snakes to be on the wrong side off. They will chase you at a rate faster than a quick walk pace. I was in a situation where I had to step on the head of one of them to save an old lady that I was escorting to her mail box a ¼ Mile from her house . (hell she was about 15 years younger than I am now? 😁) Any way watch this idiot but remember some of us get old and stupid.😟
  14. GREAT VIDEO(s) They sure nailed it in the tone frequency, the tone is beautiful!!!!! My favorite part is where she tells him to STFU she can’t hear cus he’s talking… that’s always been my pet peeve in his vids, he never embraces silence. 🤣 Note: Please feel free to fill this thread up with comments or feelings about what you see in these 4 days of videos, I'll add links to the other three as he uploads them. PS: For my non Aus friends, the gate is to keep Dingo populations from moving interstate..... (well "technically" the gate is there to allow the hooomans to get through the fence, which IS there to keep the Dingo's from roaming).
  15. Leaving LAX Sunday July 3 to OZ..🤠 Stay tuned for a probable interesting dramatic time..lolol
  16. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-26/metal-detectorist-reunites-hundreds-of-people-with-lost-wedding-/100828762 .....LINK.....
  17. Gold prospecting hobbyists find moving further afield in the Kimberley still pays handsomely https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-07/prospecting-for-kimberley-gold-outback-rise-metal/101209176
  18. Although this post has absolutely nothing to do with gold prospecting, I am afraid that a down turn in visitors to the island will have a flow on effect in regards to my daily coin and jewellery yield.. Since these stories appeared within 24 hours of each other, they're obviously FAKE NEWS! The Island is under attack from greeny press members from down south.. There are no deadly stingers or snakes on the Island!.. Please come back tourists.. keep dropping your coins and rings.. 😁 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-30/irukandji-jellyfish-woman-stung-magnetic-island/101110610?utm_medium=social&utm_content=sf256836672&utm_campaign=fb_abc_news&utm_source=m.facebook.com&sf256836672=1&fbclid=IwAR0DxhH6yQcVjgO4eY33rBMsNAEAGGsG2eEuKVKicd4GGWiE40OUgB6Bejw https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-30/magnetic-island-death-adder-population-thriving-no-cane-toad/101076110
  19. I just made my flight arrangements to Australia and I am off the wall happy---- !!! Leaving the end of next month and couldn't be happier to get back and hear the Taskmaster screaming at me......lololol Luckily i didn't lose my airline points from 2017-18-and 19 and that gave me free passage from here to Sydney and back-- the rest i pay for in Aussie dollars !! Yes! Total airfare as best as I can figure is about 1200 AUD from Sydney to Perth to Meeka and back I may even try to get up north this year to where Mad Tuna is on station ...if i get a proper set of body armor first😆 From what I've seen i left some gold there in Meeka and that's ok-- i walked over it at least a hundred times-- i always swing high and fast,,😉 Seriously, Y'all don't know how happy I am to finally get the chance to go back---- I often think of Fred, and how he would have loved to go back,,,, so with Gods help I am going to do it again and this ones for you Fred!!!! Much love to you all and good luck this year finding your dream! No longer VA Nurse Paul------ Outback Yank now...
  20. LIFE ON THE DIGGINGS. ROBBERS' EXCHANGE OF GUNS By C. R. C. PEARCE. The great army of diggers at Bendigo did an immense amount of work in an incredibly short space of time. Vast areas of ground were turned over to the bedrock and rifled of their treasures. Forests of great ironbark trees, with their dense underwood, quickly disappeared. So thick and dark were these forests that people had often lost their way in the daylight. After the winter of 1852 almost all the natural beauty of Bendigo had disappeared. Earth and clay reduced to a powder, lay on the roads ankle deep, and the slightest puff of wind raised it in blinding clouds. Mr. George Mackay, in his "Annals of Bendigo," relates that Mr. Joseph Crook, who afterwards lived in South Yarra, camped with three mates at the bottom of Long and Ironbark gullies in April, 1852. They lost a horse, and in searching for it in a dense ironbark forest they discovered a very rich gully, in which they picked up 9oz. of gold from the surface in two hours. In order to find their way back to this spot they cut marks in the trees when passing on their way to American Flat through California Gully. A rush to California Gully occurred on the following day (Sunday), and on Monday so much timber had been destroyed that Mr. Crook and his mates were unable to find the track. At a new rush diggers were shovelings up the gold between one an- other's legs, but Mr. Crook's party could not get within a mile and a half of the scene, as all the ground had been taken up. At Pegleg they got gold at 2ft. 6in., but not in large quantities. Thinking that they knew all about their claim they moved on. They were chagrined later to see men whom they regarded as new chums shovel up gold almost in bucketful's. Eluding Black Douglas Black Douglas and his gang were the terror of diggers when they were taking their gold from Bendigo to Melbourne in 1852. Mr. Crook, it is recorded in the "Annals of Bendigo," related how he chiselled four chambers 8in. by 3in. by 4in. in the bed of a dray, and after placing four chamois leather bags in the chambers covered them up with wooden lids and filled the crevices with clay. Mr. Crook and his party were not "stuck up" by Black Douglas, but a neighbouring camp of diggers was robbed at Carlsruhe on the night they were there. A successful digger, who had fortunately sent his gold to Melbourne by escort, was robbed on his way to Melbourne. The robbers took all his money with the exception of a few shillings. They also took his double-barrelled gun and gave him an old single-barrelled gun in exchange. The digger took this gun to England as a memento, and some time afterwards a young friend tried to draw the charge. The first thing he pulled out was portion of a 5 note. A blacksmith unscrewed the breech and took out notes amounting to 150. A man at the third White Hill valued his horse at 150, and he used to sleep with the bridle rein round his wrist. One morning he found that the rein had been cut and that the horse had been stolen. About three months afterwards he found the horse outside his tent with a new saddle on its back and 20lb. of gold in the saddle bag. The owner of the gold never appeared. Diggers when they entered a store to make purchases emptied the contents of their matchboxes, filled with gold dust, on to white paper on the counter. The store keeper blew the dust and put the rest in a fine sieve, afterwards paying for it. Mr. H. Brown, in "Victoria as I found It," says that he saw innumerable grains of gold in the dust on a counter and directed the attention of a storekeeper to the loss of gold. Laughing, the storekeeper brushed the gold off the counter with his sleeve, and said that the dust was worthless. It was only when alluvial gold became scarcer that this fine dust was saved. "The police have commenced their search for the licenses of gold diggers" wrote the Bendigo correspondent of "The Argus" on October 17, 1853. "They have dropped the musket and bayonet, and have taken to the baton." The principal objection of the diggers to the gold license was the method of collection. In the "Annals of Bendigo," it is recorded that some diggers were chained to logs for hours in the blazing sun. It is to the credit of the diggers that the first balls which they attended were held in aid of the foundation of hospitals. At the first diggers' ball in Bendigo, the "ladies numbered 60 or about one in ten to the gentlemen, and they did credit to the classes on the diggings. Despite the assurance of the committee that full dress would not be exacted a great number of the men were attired in garments that exhibited a gentlemanly taste. The scarcity of women dancers is reflected in the reports of other balls which followed at Forest Creek and Ballarat. At the Forest Creek ball 600 people were present, but there were only 100 women among the dancers. At a Christmas ball held in Bendigo in 1853 some of the dresses cost 10. The program ranged from the opening quadrille to Sir Roger de Coverley. New rushes were frequent in 1853 and 1854, but an exciting rush which occurred at Bendigo was not for gold, but for cabbages. An enterprising man brought from Brighton to Bendigo late in 1853 the first cartload of cabbages seen on that field. The cabbages were quickly sold at 3/6 each. Commenting on this "rush," the correspondent says "The promise of the surveyor-general to give every digger a cabbage-garden near the mines is hailed with gladness." How well the miners of Bendigo and Ballarat and other districts took advantage of the opportunity to grow vegetables, fruit, and flowers was shown in later years by the beautiful cottage gar- dens which adorned the mining towns. Though the price of flour was decreasing the bakers were charging 3/6 for the 4lb. loaf on the White Hills in 1853. Cats were in great demand on the Bendigo field. Good mouse cats brought from 2 to 3 each. Cricket at Back Creek The first cricket match in Bendigo took place on January 2, 1854, between the married and single members of the Bendigo Cricket Club. The bachelors were "shame- fully defeated," and the correspondent re- corded: "The wicket was pitched on a tolerably level piece of ground at Back Creek. In a spacious tent an excellent dinner was provided for the members of the club. The wines were excellent, and were pretty fully discussed, so that towards the close of day the meeting of cricketers wore anything but a dull aspect. Several gentlemen from the Camp, commissioners, and others visited the tent during the afternoon, and the best possible feeling was displayed toward them." On the Back Creek cricket-ground in later years Mr. George Mackay and Mr. Angus Mackay, sons of the recorder of this first match, gave an impetus to cricket on the Back Creek ground which resulted in the production of many fine players in Bendigo. Mr. R. Brough Smyth, in the "Goldfields and Mineral Districts of Victoria," re- corded that in 1858 147,358 adult miners, including 23,673 Chinese, were employed on the goldfields. In 1856 2,985,9910z. gold, valued at 4 an ounce (11,943,964), were exported. From the discovery of gold in 1851 to 1868 the amount of gold exported from Victoria was 147,342,767, and Mr. Brough Smith calculated the average for each man at 1,699/8/3, or 98/10/4 a year. "But these figures are not a true test of the success of individuals," he added. "The measure of success of the gold-mining industry must not be summed up by the exports. Immense sums were expended in the construction of roads, rail- ways, and other public works. Large towns, with fine buildings, good streets and parks, supplied with water from reservoirs of large extent, arose, so that no small share of the wealth the mines have yielded has been profitably used in turning a wilderness into a habitable abode." The Argus 1930 http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/4232417?searchTerm="Eluding Black Douglas"
  21. My video of a spot at the top end of West Australia. It might work. 😀
  22. Dirt Fish Mish tries out the Deus 2 in the Aussie gold fields along with Detect-ED friends using the Legend and Gold Kruzer. She finds her first nuggie........
  23. The way it was, a lot of photos. The quality and speed can be selected at setting icon. I turned the volume off when I watched it. At the 20 minute mark in the second video, it goes religious
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