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.

My friend Merv needed to complete some metalwork repairs in Cue at my business partner Udo’s house, so I decided to go with him, as did Udo’s brother, Michael, and another old mate, Greg, which meant that this spur-of-the-moment trip was starting to look like an end-of-season Cue economy booster.

Greg knew a few spots in the area that had produced gold with older detectors and wanted to try out his new Minelab GPX4500 on them. He was particularly keen to test all the settings he’d perfected at the Amalgamated Prospectors and Leaseholders Association of Western Australia (APLA) annual meeting and camp at Ora Banda.

Western Australia (APLA) annual meeting and camp at Ora Banda. My motivation for the trip, after we’d finished the metalwork repair job (which is obviously the main reason I went) was to give the Minelab GPX5000 I’d bought the week before a thorough field test on some old ground to see if it was a better machine than the 4500.

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