March 2014 Articles


Speargrass, Spinifex and Small Gold
By Wolfman
I’m not too sure where to start this story but I suppose I’d better mention that after my 2011 article ‘First virgin patch in WA’, I was going to do a follow up article in 2012 but it ended [...]

The long arm of the law and coincidence
By Wal Ellison
Although my wife, Jill, and I often prefer to head off for a bit of detecting on our own, we still enjoy time spent digging holes with some good friends of ours, Ted and Annette. I’ve found over  [...]

Bloodwood’s Tale of Sapphires 
By Jim McJannett
Visitors to Queensland’s northern reach between Innisfail and Cairns have the choice of three elevated, scenic routes leaving the Coral Sea and twisting their lofty way westward to the fertile tableland country beyond.  [...]

On the subject of selling old coins
By B. Doyle
Whenever I’m approached by someone who broaches the subject of old coins, it mostly takes the form of ‘I have this tin or bottle full of old coins and I’m wondering if there are any in there worth selling?’ I’m always willing  [...]

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’ [...]