May 2012 Articles


The Whoo-hoo Specimen!
By ‘Caz’ as told to Cordell Kent
Like most goldfields towns, Ballarat and its surrounds are still giving up their treasures to prospectors armed with modern-day Minelab super detectors. But it’s just gotten a bit harder to find big gold nuggets as they simply don’t grow back. [...]

Horsing Around
By Mark Williams
Not only did the New Year usher in a fresh start and the expectation of great finds that lay ahead, it also brought with it some extremely hot Adelaide weather. After sitting at home knee-deep in research for a couple of days, I finally headed off to my favourite relic-hunting area to see if I was on the right track.[...]

First Gold in the Fading Light
By Chad
A work mate, Steve, and I recently had to get out of town for a few days to a couple of well known Pilbara gold towns. We generally do these work trips once or twice a month and in recent months I’d gotten friendly with a couple of gold detecting locals and succumbed to gold fever.[...]

A Pick and Drive Tour of the Gemfields
By Paul Feltham
I decided to test out my new camper-trailer by dragging it out to the Central Australian gemfields from northern NSW. The round trip would be about 10,000 kilometres in total, a veritable gemstone safari taking in 12 of Australia’s top gemfields. [...]

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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’ [...]