The Prospectors' Home Club

By The Scribe

The Sydney-based Prospectors' Home Club celebrated its 30th anniversary on the 14th April 2011. The club first met on the 14th April 1981 in the Red Cross Tea Rooms at Parramatta in western Sydney and some of the original members are still active today. The prime mover in the founding of the Club was a Chinese businessman, Poyna See Poy, who then owned a metal detecting shop called The Prospectors' Home in Macquarie Street, Parramatta. All clubs begin as self-interest groups attracting like-minded people and inevitably friendships develop and strengthen. Over time the club developed its own peculiar characteristics and ethos and it wasn't long before it took on weightier matters and was at the forefront of defending the rights of all prospectors in NSW.

The Prospectors' Home Club was thrust into this fight in its early days along with the Sydney Electronic & Prospecting Club and the now defunct Hunter Valley Prospecting Club. Members of all three clubs became leading lights in the fight but many believe that Prospectors’ Home Club member, Leo Kinch, who wrote letters, lobbied politicians and attended numerous meetings was the real driving force that ensured we retained the right to prospect responsibly without being harassed and otherwise hampered and demonised by pressure groups.

The full article can be found in the August 2011 issue of Gold Gem and Treasure. Subscribe now.

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