Cleaning out a Virgin Patch
By Bill O’Connor 
It was October and getting near the end of the gold prospecting season in WA, especially in the Murchison where it gets very hot from November to March. But that didn’t stop us from going to Cue and finding a 3-ounce patch of gold in virgin ground. [...]
Hart’s Range Odyssey
By Nick
In 2008 I finally achieved a long-held ambition and learnt to facet gemstones at a course held at Sapphire in the Central Queensland gemfields. This excellent course is taught by John Broadfoot and Peter Stringfellow over a three-week period and their patience in teaching a group of novice cutters was a credit to them. [...]
He died game in the dying game
“Tell ‘em I died game,” was the epitaph of bushranger Fred Lowry who, while he managed to get these last words out, failed to mention where he’d hidden the proceeds of the Mudgee mail robbery on 13th July, 1863. It was the second biggest coach robbery in NSW and, while it made Lowry’s name, he didn’t have long to bask in the glory.[...]
Listen and learn how to find gold
By Bobupnorth 
Growing up in New Zealand, the bush was my second home. I had a tree I could climb if any wild pigs came around, there were no snakes and just a few spiders but they never worried me. The funny thing is though, I had a recurring dream about snakes. [...]

Bits & Pieces

Mother of pearl The Mother of all Pearls
The largest and most expensive pearl ever found is known variously as the ‘Pearl of Lao Tzu’ or ‘The Pearl of Allah’ [...]