January 2012 Articles


The Best Laid Plans
By Jim Foster
In May 2011 we set out for our 10th season detecting on the WA goldfields. Traversing the Nullarbor is something we never tire of and so it was last year; the plain looked in top condition with good feed everywhere for the abundant wildlife. [...]

A Hole Lot of Zircon
By Steve Wright
It was getting close to our annual month-long trip to our sapphire lease in central Queensland, which my brother-in-law John and I make every May. [...]

Prospecting New Country
By Jack Lange
Margaret and I were driving along a certain outback road in far north Queensland and I said, "There's got to be gold around here; just look at this country we're driving through. The rocks look just right and did you see that quartz reef in the road cutting?" [...]

Australia’s first gold discovery - setting the record straight
By N. A. Kirk
The development of the colony of New South Wales from its settlement in 1788 necessitated a great deal of exploration but this wasn’t confined to the opening up of new land and sea routes. [...]

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’ [...]