February 2011 Articles



68,390oz. 11dwt.
By Tony Somerville
That’s how much gold the Blackwall frigate Madagascar was carrying, along with 156 passengers and crew, when she sailed out of Melbourne on Friday, August 12th, 1853, bound for England. [Read more]

A Day at the Races
By Marc Busch
A day at the races in 2011 could mean a great day at the Melbourne Cup with your mates to cheer the winner across the line or, maybe, a country meet without all the fashion and fanfare, having a bet, a beer or two and, with a little luck, a win on the day. [Read more]

New England Agates, Sapphires & Quartz
By Frederick B.
‘Another penny,’ I thought as my wife dragged the pick point in a well practiced motion from one side of the target to the other and the coin flipped out neatly into the open. [Read more]

The beaches are friendlier on the Sunshine Coast
By Tim Vine
Detector friendly that is. Frederick B. and his son reckon they are on a good thing every time they detect Queensland’s Sunshine Coast beaches after the crowds have left. [Read more]

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’ [...]