A Sniff of Agate and the Whiff of Pig

By Tim Vine

It all began with an entry I’d made in a little book as a teenager many years ago. I was a keen fossicker back then and feverishly kept a record of gemstone locations revealed to me by senior members of my lapidary club.

Zip forward a few decades and I find this little book at the back of the cupboard. I hadn’t hunted for gems in quite a while and was going a little nuts. In need of a fix for my fossicking addiction, I browsed through its pages and my attention was grabbed by one entry that stated there was an abundance of agate near Murgon. I’d never managed to get to Murgon but it was now time to test the validity of the claim.

Because many years had passed since my book entry, I couldn’t recall exactly where Murgon was but I soon discovered it was tucked away in the Great Divide in south-east Queensland, more than 1500 kilometres away. I needed some assurance there was still enough agate lying around to warrant a trip.

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