Listen and learn how to find gold
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.
Then, at the age of 21, we migrated to Australia and settled in Queensland. My family tree had thick branches reaching into Ballarat in Victoria and dating back to the gold rush days but because we had decided to settle in the north, I’d read a lot about Queensland’s gold rush history, particularly the Palmer in North Queensland. I felt right at home in Australia and would you believe it, I never dreamed about snakes again. I was finally where I was meant to be.
I have always had a passion for history, especially for the gold rush era and latter half of the 18th century, and most of my early jobs were in areas where gold and gems could be found. Most of my weekends were spent panning for gold or digging for gems and as my knowledge increased, so did the amount of equipment I bought for the search and recovery of said gold and gems. First it was long toms and cradles and then I brought a White’s metal detector which I could have happily wrapped around a tree. I don’t think I ever got the hang of the bloody thing.
I then bought a Keene dredge and this was one of the best moves I ever made because the first weekend out with it I found enough gold to cover the purchase price. Gold was around $500 an ounce at the time.