April 2013 Articles


177 steps to owning a new home
By Cordell Kent
Wednesday January 16th this year started out like any other working day in sunny Ballarat. Our shop, The Mining Exchange Gold Shop in the centre of the city, was open for business as usual on a day that would turn out to be extremely unusual. [...]

The Infinium likes it salty
By Wazza
After hiring Minelab detectors a few times from a local shop, I was finally ready to buy a detector of my own. [...]

In search of Bago Blue agate
By Jenny Summerville
It all started with Dave telling us about fossils he’d seen 20 years ago while he was a bulldozer driver up in the Bago Forest near Wauchope, NSW. [...]

Detecting Pleasant Creek Goldfield
By Chrisso
The drought meant that little was happening in the farming game so I had time on my hands for other pursuits. Stawell identity, Charlie Presser, had told me about the location of some old ...[...]

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’ [...]