Snowy Mountains Goldfield Nuggets


By RWH

I have always enjoyed trout fishing in the pristine waters of the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, and some years ago, while fly fishing in one particular stream in the High Country, I noticed a number of small mounds resembling old mullock heaps. The heaps weren’t particularly large and could easily have been overlooked by a casual observer. Having detected for gold for many years, I was aware of the activities of the old timers in their search for gold and of the resultant holes and mullock heaps that abound on many old goldfields.

I happened to have my detector in the car and there’s an old saying that goes, ‘Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the one you missed.”

It wasn’t long before I picked up a few signals and scratching around on the first heap produced two bright pieces of gold. These were found just under the surface in a clayey material and within easy range of the cheapest metal detector.

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