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Post by Young Simmo on Sun 02 Jul 2017, 10:37 pm

I just posted this on "The Grey Nomads" and thought maybe somebody in here might find it interesting, here goes.
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Well you might find something interesting in one of my many adventures. I was a detecting fanatic for about 25 years, (mid seventies to 2000). On one of our trips up to Marbell Bar WA, we were camped in the caravan park. And after a very rainy sloppy night and after the creek outside the parks front gate went down we drove out of town and down the first road south. Maybe 5 Kms south we turned right onto a track along side of a creek. The creek only had a couple of inches of water in the bottom. About 1 or 2 Kms along the creek we noticed a young bloke maybe 20 to 25 on his knees and fidelling on the bank of the creek which was probably about 5 ft deep in total. I stopped and went over for a chat and a look. Because of the heavy rain the night before the creek banks had maybe an 1/8th to 1/4 inch of dirt eroded away. He had a little bottle (A Bex bottle type) and a pair of tweezers and was finding freshly exposed tiny bits of gold like match head and smaller. His Bex bottle was half full (maybe 11/2 to 2 ozs) and I thought a pair of tweezers and a bex bottle, is a bit cheaper than a $6,000 metal Detector.

OK folks, go get your tweezers and go find a creek somewhere after a good nights rain.

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Post by Moneybox on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 7:50 am

Well I've been thinking along those lines. I went with the wife to a little crystal clear creek up in the hills not too far from home about a year ago. This spot shows an abandoned gold mine but once we got there we found nothing. After a wander about with the detectors I went back to the bus and got the pan and sieves and dug a bit gravel from about a foot down in the bend of the creek. I got lots of black sand and a few nice but small zircons. I had no idea what I was doing but it was better than TV.

A couple of months later I met a young bloke at the APLA meeting who spends his time panning and gave me a few valuable tips and it was obvious where I was going wrong. I'm grounded at the moment in Capel for several reasons and with the goldfields so far away I think I need to go back and visit that creek Cool I'm not expecting to make money but learning to use a pan to turn up some colour might be useful.

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Post by purple-dragon on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 1:12 pm

I used to do a lot of panning in the old days Phil -between Beechworth and Eldorado in North Eastern Victoria back when I lived over there-and yes you really have to study the flow of the creek and use your imagination as to what it looked like a few millennium ago and as Simmo was saying the floods change everything-we had to wear pantyhose in the creeks over there because of the leech problem-and got a few raised eyebrows from the tourists-them were the days-Dragon
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Post by Moneybox on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 1:25 pm

This is a quiet little creek that i think would be dry in the summer. I only dug down about a foot instead of getting right down to base rock if its there. Next time I'll take a propper shovel and go deeper.

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Post by gold n beer on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 4:02 pm

hey dragon
i was born in Wangaratta and lived there till i was a teen, i remember those dam leech's latching on when i was chasing frog's and yabbies as a youngster in the creeks, ahh the good ol days.
i haven't been back there for 20 years and i don't miss the winters, i played junior footy and the game's started just after 12pm, 1 particular game there was a thin sheet of ice all over the grass. it was more fun crunching the ice up with the footy boots then getting a kick. dam cold area but beautiful country at the right time of the year.
sorry guy's off topic, i will stop my reminiscing.
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Post by Nightjar on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 4:04 pm

Found a wash years ago in Balagundi gold country (open cut covers the area present day), the top soil which was only about 50mm covering a granite bedrock.
The wash in one section was about 50 metres long and a metre wide, the top soil completely stripped.
Set too with a dust pan and brush and collected all the material out of the cracks & indentations.
Collected a plastic bucket and put it through a small sluice back at the camp.
The result was I was back there for next two days with my miniature 12V bellows dryblower.
Pretty happy with two days work and an ounce plus of fine gold.




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Re: Why not share it?

Post by Moneybox on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 7:41 pm

Nightjar wrote:Found a wash years ago in Balagundi gold country (open cut covers the area present day), the top soil which was only about 50mm covering a granite bedrock.
The wash in one section was about 50 metres long and a metre wide, the top soil completely stripped.
Set too with a dust pan and brush and collected all the material out of the cracks & indentations.
Collected a plastic bucket and put it through a small sluice back at the camp.
The result was I was back there for next two days with my miniature 12V bellows dryblower.
Pretty happy with two days work and an ounce plus of fine gold.



 

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Post by purple-dragon on Thu 13 Jul 2017, 7:42 am

[quote="gold n beer"]hey dragon
i was born in Wangaratta and lived there till i was a teen, i remember those dam leech's latching on when i was chasing frog's and yabbies as a youngster in the creeks, ahh the good ol days.
i haven't been back there for 20 years and i don't miss the winters, i played junior footy and the game's started just after 12pm, 1 particular game there was a thin sheet of ice all over the grass. it was more fun crunching the ice up with the footy boots then getting a kick. dam cold area but beautiful country at the right time of the year.
sorry guy's off topic, i will stop my reminiscing.
cheers
jase
[/Also a ex wang boy Jase- small world-been here for about 30 years-I used to work night shift in wang -used to crack motorcycle seats on my old z900 riding home at 7.00am -frozen solid -and you had to wait till 10.00am to have a shower as the pipes were frozen as well-damn nice country though -love those mountains -get back there once or twice a year to see the family-Dragon
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Post by Nightjar on Thu 13 Jul 2017, 4:05 pm

Yes Phil, I would have pegged the area, it was open ground back then. Sad

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