23 ounces and counting

By Marty Meinsma

After a few health scares early in 2012 I made a last minute decision to head to the goldfields of Western Australia, a trip that had been on my bucket list for far too long. While in the west we ran into Jack Lange’s brother, Ed, in Menzies and then again in Laverton. Talk about a small world as I only recognized him from a photograph Jack Lange had once shown me in his old shop in Heddon Greta in NSW. It was Jack Lange who actually got me started in this wonderful hobby many years ago and for that I owe him a lifelong thankyou.

We, meaning me and my better half, Nikki, had done no serious homework for this trip and were flying blind so to speak but with the help of the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum, we managed to find several spots that produced a few small bits but it was barely enough to keep us interested.

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