October 2001


  1. Editorial

  2. Wallowing at Watts - Brad Williams
    We Get Wet at Watts Gully

  3. Nuggets Nuggets and More Nuggets - Sue "Goldie" Reynolds
    The great gold feast at Maryborough

  4. When and Where to Sluice - Laurelle Murphy
    We suggest the best areas to sluice

  5. The Box Iron Bark Fight - Craig Wilson
    What We Can do to Protect Our Rights

  6. A New Mine for Dominion - Brad Williams
    The Gawler Craton begins to Open Up

  7. Flecks - Snippets of interesting information

  8. Strikes - Recent Finds

  9. Next Lode - What's in next month's Gold Net Magazine


1.  EDITORIALGold Nugget
Gold Net Australia is proud to announce that the Gold Expo will again be held in 2002. The Ballarat Exhibition & Entertainment Centre - has again been booked for the Expo. The dates are the 16th & 17th March 2002.

Work began - just one week after the Expo concluded in March this year - and we can look forward to an expanded and outstanding Exposition which will be bigger and better than last years event.
To have attracted international visitors to our first Expo - was indeed an outstanding achievement, and one we are rightly proud of.
With the support of Minelab and Coiltek - along with the PMAV and APLA - and other sponsors that have been approached - this Expo is sure to again exceed our expectations.

Watch for further developments as we progress towards the 2002 event.


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         by Brad Williams

It was a dark and stormy night. Actually I seem to have heard that somewhere before, but it really was an incredibly stormy night.
Heavy rain all night and in the morning bright sunshine - but pretty cool. It looked like a perfect day to try what I had thought was worth a try for a long time - but being in the Adelaide Hills in winter on the right day and at the right time - took some organising, especially on a Sunday morning.

My son David had decided to try his hand at detecting and I was hell bent on sluicing the creek at Watts Gully, near Williamstown. I had charged the battery for the detector overnight and was all packed and ready when No 1 son arrived. He even made it early, which surprised me.

Now explaining the workings of a Minelab 2200 to someone who had never used a detector before isn't easy in a 40-minute drive - and with a not so interested listener the task was not easy. By the time we arrived at Watts Gully, I had not quite got to how coils work. Never the less - I had been somewhat successful in creating enough interest for David to at least "have a go."

David Detecting at Watts Gully - Click to enlarge Now Watts Gully can be a wet place in winter and although it had been a miserable night with bucket loads of water dropping out of the sky all night, it was pretty wet at Watts Gully, and the creek was running well, just like I wanted. Now my whole idea was to pan for gold along the creek. In summer - the creek here is always dry and this creek runs right through the old gold field and with so much gold evident in this locale it was worth a try to see if panning was a worthwhile past time here while it was wet enough.

And wet enough it was - the torrent of water that was plummeting down the creek sure made it a tough task. So donning the rubber boots and grabbing a gold pan provided by my old mate Martin Marks, I ventured into the creek shovel in hand. Picking out a likely spot I shovelled a heap of good looking sand from the side of the creek into the pan and carefully starting the swirling process. Boy was it cold there. David just stood and looked at me - suggesting that I perhaps needed to take a good look at my intelligence quotient, but not in quite so polite words.

Ignoring the comments, I continued to freeze my fingers as I sluiced away. At the end of the first pan full - I was stunned. There were lots of shiny bits gleaming away at me from the bottom the pan. And I mean lots. I grinned from ear to ear and said, "Hey mate - take a look at that sport". His reply was a little sobering, "Is that gold?" Those comments brought me back to earth somewhat - so I slipped the reading glasses on and took a closer look. Perhaps I should have done that before. There were lots of shiny things in that pan - but it wasn't gold. Is was hydrous silicate in mono-clinic crystalline form. Otherwise commonly known as mica. Well - back to the drawing board for me - so I tried again in that creek - right up and down almost the entire length over about 2 hours, with exactly the same results.
Amazingly I did not score one tiny speck of gold. It was just like gold didn't exist there at all. At least not in that creek.

As time wore on the weather closed in more and more and the rain started to bucket down again - just about lunchtime. I had planned a nice picnic lunch with a table set and chairs etc - but with rain pouring down we were relegated to sit in the car with steamed up windows and eat chicken legs and wings in our fingers - without all the trimmings. It was a 'blokes' lunch on the run - so to speak.

After an hour or so - the rain suddenly stopped and the sun came shining through, and within minutes we were outside the car and David was getting the gear on to take the Minelab 2200 on a good run into the gullies at Watts that extend right up several steep slopes.

Now the Watts Gully gold fields had a good share of alluvial - but the further up the slopes one goes, the deep mines become more evident, so clearly most of the gold up the slopes was from deep shafts. However gold is where you find it, and the Minelab 2200 with the UFO coil were a good combination for the day.

Deep Shafts at Watts Gully - Click to enlarge With a little instruction, David was soon detecting with a good motion close to the ground, but was not even getting any ferrous signals at all. That is not always a good sign. Never the less - while he waved the wand I explored the upper reaches of the gullies looking for shallower diggings.
All of a sudden a great rushing noise erupted not 10 feet in front of me - as I happened on a kangaroo sheltering from the rough weather. I don't know who was more surprised - the roo or me, but from David's laugh from somewhere behind me - he thought I was more surprised. Regaining my composure, after I landed back on terra firma, I watched the dark grey shape hop away to the east joining 3 more roos as they fled from the 'intruders'.

Just as I reached the top of the escarpment - David called me back down the hill. Unfortunately the attachment from the coil to the detector had come loose and the coil was swinging around like a pendulum. Fortunately I had some tape in my pocket so I was able to tape it up temporarily. No sooner had we repaired that when the battery started to go.
Now I was sure that I had charged it the night before - but apparently I had been too busy to even check and obviously had neglected to ensure that the electricity had been turned on. I felt like a real dill. Anyway we were miles away from the car and it was starting to pour with rain again.

As we walked down the track the rain was getting heavier and heavier. The road was clay and I was slipping all over the place, stumbling up and down the hills along that track heading back to the car. Would the rain stop - No way. It just kept pouring down in torrents, until we were both drenched to the skin.

To make our position worse - the creek we had to cross had swollen even further and crossing that with just boots on was going to be a "wet foot" experience, for sure. We both got very wet feet crossing that creek - but it didn't really matter - we were drenched anyway.

We headed back to Adelaide very wet and with not a skerrick of the yellow stuff. The detector was a little sick - and we were both drenched to the skin. That hot shower when we got home was very welcome.

I have not given up on Watts Gully - but sluicing there is not something I will try again in a hurry - but detecting - I'll be back there for sure.
There were some nice little spots I had noted to check out at a later date, and check them out I will. But that will be on another day, when the weather looks a little warmer and most certainly drier.


         by Sue "Goldie" Reynolds

Maryborough in Central Victoria, since the discovery of gold in Victoria has been an effervescent source of gold - with particularly large nuggets being the order of the day. For some reason this area continues to pour forth more than its fair share of gleaming yellow gold.

The largest nugget recorded that came from Maryborough was recovered at Blackman's Lead in June 1855 and weighed 833 ounces - and was found at a depth of 5 feet. A further 537-ounce nugget was found at Blackman's lead, 6 feet below the surface in January 1858. Blackman's Lead again featured in 1854, when a 360 ounce nugget was found 34 feet below the surface.

In 1856, at White Hills, Maryborough, a 236-ounce nugget was unearthed at 12 feet. It was described as a solid lump of gold.
In Rokewood, Maryborough in 1878, a 178-ounce nugget named the "Little Highlander", was located at 40 feet. 1873 produced a 145-ounce nugget at the Alma Console Mine, at 120 feet. This nugget was named the "Alma No 1". In 1896 a 136 ouncer was located at Leviathan Reef - described as "a cluster of specimens". A135 ounce nugget was found at Blackman's Lead, 34 feet below the surface in 1954. In 1872 at 120 feet deep a 126-ounce nugget was unearthed at Chinaman's Flat.
The nuggets listed above are by no means a comprehensive list - but an indication of the great gold that has been unearthed in this highly productive area.

Maryborough Court House - Click to enlarge Maryborough itself - was a town born with a future. The forefathers believed that Maryborough would prosper and many of the grand building there, including the imposing structure of the Railway Station, who Mark Twain is reputed to have described as the "Station with the town attached", when he visited in 1895.

The Old Court House - Town Hall and Post Office - are an outstanding example of the architecture of the day, reflected the rich heritage of the era.
Of note is the narrow main street, which served the area in the 1850's well, and today remains the same narrow tract that existed in that bygone time.
These days you have to look hard to find many of the old buildings, that were once liveries, blacksmith shops etc. but they still exist, although today they might house a mechanic, a retail outlet or simply a storage facility.
Many of the locals have little of no knowledge of the historical buildings that remain in many of the cities streets. Clearly the history of this once vibrant gold mining centre is slowly but surely being lost as generations pass. Local amateur historians collect historical data to preserve the history of the region, but very little assistance is available from Local Government - State Government or in fact Federal Government sources.

Of note in recent years is the enormous amount of large nuggets that Maryborough is still producing. Within the last two years, an 86-ounce nugget, a 43-ounce nugget and a reputed 400-ounce plus nugget have been located in this area.
In the last few months, a 160-ounce nugget was reputed to have been located somewhere near where the 86-ounce nugget was located. I re-iterate the term reputed.

Undoubtedly there have been many more large nuggets recovered from Maryborough that have not been disclosed. At the recent Gold Expo in Ballarat in March a large number of 40 ounce plus nuggets were displayed with a good percentage, reputed to have been sourced from Maryborough. I personally saw at least two over 40 ounces from this area.

Main Street, Maryborough - Click to enlarge Undoubtedly there is a wealth of gold still in the ground in this region. As detectors and coils improve, rich rewards will continue to be located from this auriferous ground. The gold fields surrounding Maryborough were intense and no doubt gold is still being found within the town boundaries where detectors can be used without interference from power lines, and other mineral influences.

South of the town the area has been particularly productive, with evidence of dozing in several areas. I have detected these dozed areas - with limited success, with a reasonable amount of small gold found. Small gold is abundant, and plenty of .5 to 3 gram pieces are not hard to find in this location. Well gold is always hard to find - but small gold is there if you care to concentrate on looking for it. But then gold is gold.

To the west of the town along the train line that extends to the west are some great little areas - but I try and leave this area alone because of the prickly bushes that abound there. Years ago it would not have mattered - but today I treat this as a hobby - not a chore.

I have no doubt that in the future Maryborough will continue to produce an abundance of large nuggets for a long time to come.


4.  WHEN AND WHERE TO SLUICEGold Nugget             
         by Laurelle Murphy

Australia has some great sluicing sites. In fact many of the best are very close to capital cities, and are good producers of quality gold most of the time. Perhaps the best known areas to sluice are in the close proximity of Sydney. By close proximity - I am suggesting within a radius of say 150 km or 100 miles of Sydney.

The many rivers and creeks in the Bathurst area are continually productive. Many of the watercourses in this area are highly auriferous, and consequently highly productive. This area has a multitude of rivers and creeks that are well known producers of gold and with a little research and background knowledge coupled with an understanding of sluicing techniques, positive results are almost guaranteed.

Perhaps the best area to explore in this region is the area just east of Bathurst. From The Turon at Sofala, and many of its tributaries, to Wattle Flat, Palmers Oakey, Meadows Flat, through to O'Connell and Oberon.
There are many rivers and creeks in this area that are great gold producers. Exploring this region can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, especially if you just happen on a nice little patch of easy to sluice country.
Great Sluicing Territory - Click to enlarge Much of the best ground is difficult to access, and many productive waterways run through privately owned country. However if you have good communicating skills much of this ground can be accessed.

The fabulous gold country through the Morton National Park should not be forgotten, but remembering that most of this ground is a National Park and is not accessible, care must be taken to ensure that the rivers and creeks accessed are not inside the National Park.

In the western areas of New South Wales - through the Young, Cowra, Forbes, and Parks area many opportunities exist to recover excellent gold from waterways. The only difficulty in this area is the lack of running water.
Consequently, trips to this area should be timed to coincide with rainfall that will ensure the streams are carrying sufficient running water to sluice effectively.

In the northern regions of New South Wales - many waterways are auriferous. From Coffs Harbour to Bingara and to Tabulan, the waterways, although somewhat difficult to access are very productive sources of gold.
To specifically indicate the best of these areas is a nigh on impossible task but with some historical research and with a tenacious attitude - good gold still exists throughout many of these regions.

To the south of New South Wales many auriferous areas abound - and although a lot of this gold is in nugget form many waterways hide a great deal of gold. From West Wyalong through to Eden great opportunities exist to recover gold through the many rivers and streams that abound throughout this region.

South of the border, the terrain changes substantially. Access to many good waterways is difficult, however, many of the regions that are auriferous do produce excellent gold. From the Beechworth, Yackandandah, El Dorado area, south through the Great Dividing Range, excellent areas to exist to sluice. Perhaps the aforementioned area is one of the easiest to access.

Great Sluicing Shoalhaven River - Click to enlarge In a line south from Beechworth, Bright, Mt Freezeout, Mt. Steve, to Mt. Taylor many streams carry good quantities of recoverable gold. The difficulty in this region is accessibility. Much of the terrain is almost impregnable and many excellent areas lay undisturbed as accessibility is denied due to terrain and vegetation.

However, again with some good detective work in the archives and through local historical data, many good areas can be accessed and good gold recovered. I am aware of many who sluice in this region successfully.

0 Perhaps the most overlooked area in Victoria is the Walhalla - Woods Point Sub-Province, which has enormous auriferous areas. From Jamieson in the north to Walhalla in the south the depth and breadth of gold throughout this area is exciting. However once again the topography is difficult, and many of the best areas are close to impossible to reach.

Tasmania's Tamar region is an area of considerable significance. In the past this waterway and its tributaries produced excellent quantities of gold. Very few recognise this region as a quality region to recover gold, and consequently many excellent areas can be accessed with ease to recover gold.

There are of course other areas throughout Australia that provide excellent opportunities to recover gold by sluicing. However it should be recognised that sluicing in Australia is an underdone activity. Although it has a solid following in the area surrounding Sydney, where gold appears to be in abundance, in Victoria - the same could not be said.
Perhaps it is the inaccessible country that prevents more enthusiasts from taking up this pastime or perhaps Governments policies.

In any case Australia has an abundance of gold producing waterways that are just waiting for the dedicated to go and get.

Additionally we have excellent gold recovery equipment, and none more professional that M & D Marks, Super Sluice. If you do have an interest Martin Marks, the current Australasian Gold Panning Champion is always willing to give advice to prospective and interested enthusiasts. Martin can be phoned in Sydney on (02) 9838 0397.
Good hunting and see you out there - somewhere.


        by Craig Wilson

The Box Iron Bark fight has just begun. If the EEC and politicians think that the prospecting fraternity will accept the bizarre recommendations in the final report of the EEC - they totally underestimate the heart, soul and commitment of this normally quiet group, who generally go about their recreational hobby in a quiet and respectful manner. It is rare in my experience, to find a prospector who doesn't understand and respect the environment in which he works. To enjoy the real forests is a wonderful experience, and one that very few politicians and for that matter "green" supporters ever experience.

Come to think of it - in all the years I have been out in the bush detecting - I don't think I have ever come across a member who I could identify as a "green" member.
But I sure have come across a lot of prospectors who both enjoy their past-time and the wonderful forests they traverse in the unending quest for gold.
I can honestly say that disruption to the forests that I have seen, particularly by detectorists is minimal.

To read in detail what has been taken from the prospecting and mining fraternity, in this final report by the EEC is a total injustice. There is no doubt about that.
How the initial report could have been accepted in any case, in the pathetic form it was presented, so full of inaccuracies, unsubstantiated statements and inferences of very dubious origin, indicates an inability on the part of government to perform as an elected body governing us is expected to perform.
Competency is clearly a casualty in this debate. That a government in Australia could accept these appalling standards, reflects poorly on both the Minister and the Bracks Government en-toto. The standards that appear to be acceptable in this instance redefines the term democracy. There is very little evidence of democratic process at all.

The PMAV Logo - Click to enlarge Perhaps dictatorship is too strong a word - but democratic processes - sensible discussion and a reasonable outcome for all - should be achievable. This is clearly not the case in the EEC's Report on the Box Iron Bark issue. It is a total injustice to acceptable democratic processes in this wonderful country.

The PMAV have led a strong campaign supporting our rights. They have worked tirelessly - none more so than Rita Bentley and the executive. Against immense odds, they have persisted in a consistant sensible stance against the more bizarre recommendations included in this report.

Sensible suggestions put forward by the PMAV have been overlooked - without explanation.
The implications contained in this report if accepted by the Bracks Labor government, will undoubtedly lead to a clear reduction in economic activity in rural Victorian areas. That is so obvious to anyone with common sense, but the EEC position - clearly does not reflect a common sense approach to the Box Iron Debate.

What can WE do to ensure that our rights are sensibly protected.
We can do many things. The best approach we can take is to bring to the attention of politicians the detrimental impact that this report if accepted will have on us all.
To this end we recommend that you print out the attached pro forma letter - provided by the PMAV and forward to politicians - listed below - and require a response - by asking questions.
Politicians WILL respond to those that are most vocal - so being vocal is required if YOU - to ensure our rights are preserved.

The suggested form is included below - along with a link to a single page prepared letter.
To go to single page letter - click here

Dear (Insert Parliamentary member, See Below)

As a prospector I am concerned that the proposals in the Environment Conservation Council�s Report on the Box Ironbark Region will cause further unnecessary limitations on my prospecting activities.

I would like clarification of the following matters:

Are you aware that the main economic benefit claimed by the ECC is a �non-use� benefit of $2 million per year? This is the �value� given to the warm and fuzzy feeling that the people of Victoria are supposed to get from just knowing that the parks and reserves exist � even if they never visit them.

Are you aware that if the ECC�s proposals are adopted it will be at a huge social and economic cost, including many job losses, to the people of central Victoria?

Are you satisfied that the ECC has considered forms of land management other than the �lock out� method of creating parks and reserves? The Regional Forest Agreement process created Special Management Zones to satisfy Government criteria � was any other management process considered by the ECC?

Is the Government prepared to adequately fund the new parks and reserves, their establishment and upkeep, their promotion and care etc?

Why are our current parks and reserves in such poor condition � as identified in the recently published Parks Victoria audit?

Why can�t prospecting be permitted throughout the region, except in limited areas where it can be demonstrated that it is not appropriate?

The consultant who prepared the economic and social assessment recommended that there be a review of current restrictions on prospecting. Can you ascertain why this was not adopted by the ECC in their recommendations?

Are you satisfied that the ECC has provided proof that current land uses are not sustainable?

Are you satisfied that the ECC has provided proof that parks and reserves enhance habitat or biodiversity?

Has the ECC provided proof that bird numbers will increase when prospecting is banned in the new parks?

Why are small-scale miners being hounded out of existence by the ECC even though they always rehabilitate their sites, never leave holes open and vegetation is always re-established?

Do you believe that Government should pay adequate compensation to those who will lose economic opportunities if the recommendations are adopted?

Are you sure that the ECC has followed fair and proper processes during its investigation? Is there adequate science behind the recommendations? Why hasn�t the public been given the opportunity to adequately comment on the revised recommendations?

I look forward to receiving your response to the above questions.

Yours sincerely

Below is the list of politicians who should be contacted regarding this matter.
To go to single page list of politicians - click here

Jacinta Allan MP PO Box 399 Bendigo 3550 03 5443 2144 ALP
Denise Allan MP PO Box 751 Benalla 3672 03 5762 2100 ALP
William R Baxter MP 14 Stanley St Wodonga 3690 02 6024 2899 NP
Ron A Best MP 239 Barnard St Bendigo 3550 03 5443 6277 NP
Steve Bracks MP PO Box 524 Williamstown 3016 03 9399 9022 ALP
Candy C Broad MP GPO Box 2797Y Melbourne 3000 03 9655 6474 ALP
Bob G Cameron MP PO Box 155 Golden Square 3555 03 5444 4125 ALP
Phil Davis MP PO Box 9210 Sale 3853 03 5143 1038 NP
Sherryl M Garbutt MP PO Box 500 East Melbourne 3002 03 9637 8910 ALP
Dianne G Hadden MP 2 Peel St South Ballarat 3350 03 5332 2405 ALP
Peter Hall MP PO Box1506 Traralgon 3844 03 5174 7066 NP
Ben P Hardman MP PO Box 145 Seymour 3661 03 5799 2760 ALP
Joe Helper MP 177 High St Maryborough 3465 03 5461 1255 ALP
Geoffrey K Howard MP 47 Little Bridge St Ballarat 3350 03 5331 7722 ALP
Donald Kilgour MP 138 Welsford St Shepparton 3630 03 5821 0055 NP
John M McQuilten MP PO Box 175 Maryborough 3465 03 5468 7260 ALP
Denis Napthine MP PO Box 293 Portland 3305 03 5523 4366 LP
Victor Perton MP S1, 861 Doncaster Rd Doncaster East 3109 03 9840 1566 LP
Tony F Plowman MP PO Box 597 Wodonga 3689 03 6024 4488 LP
Jeanette Powell MP 222 Wyndham St Shepparton 3630 03 5831 6944 NP
Barry E H Steggall MP 274 Campbell St Swan Hill 3585 03 5032 3154 NP
Sharman Stone MP Parliament House Canberra 2600   LP
Wilson Tuckey MP Parliament House Canberra 2600   LP


         by Brad Williams

Dominion Mining Limited (ASX: DOM) has given formal approval to proceed with financing and development of the Challenger Gold Project in South Australia. Gold production is expected to begin in the second half of 2002.
Challenger contains a resource of 500,000 ounces and is 100% owned by Dominion.

Dominion Mining has given the green light to spend $17.1 million on the development.
The decision - following the completion of a Bankable Feasibility Study which confirmed the viability of the project - will lead to the construction and development of South Australia's first producing gold mine outside of the Olympic Dam operation. It will also mark the first commercial mine development in the Gawler Craton.

Dominion's Managing Director, Mr Peter Alexander, said the Company would immediately proceed to finalise a debt funding package for the Project. This process is expected to be completed within a month.
"This is a significant turning point for Dominion and an important milestone for the Gawler Craton and the South Australian mining industry," Mr Alexander said. "It represents the first commercial outcome of Dominion's exploration efforts in this region since the early 1990s and the first fruits of the South Australian Government's pioneering Gawler Craton exploration initiative."

The South Australian Government, through Primary Industries of South Australia (PIRSA), has invested over $20 million to date on aeromagnetic surveys and regional exploration in the Gawler Craton to kick-start the region's exploration industry.

Typical Gawler Craton Country - Click to enlarge Dominion was one of the first respondents to the Government's initiative, and has spent some $20 million on exploration in the Gawler Craton region with its former joint venture partner, Resolute Limited. Dominion acquired Resolute's 50% interest in the Gawler Joint Venture assets late last year.
The Challenger development, in its initial stage, will be based on exploiting a recoverable gold reserve of 105,060 ounces (577,964 tonnes at 5.96 g/t gold), which will be extracted through an open cut mine.

The first stage will operate for approximately two years. At that time Dominion will complete a detailed assessment of the deep extension of the Challenger orebody.
This is expected to enable the seamless transition from open cut to an underground operation. An indicated and inferred resource of approximately 380,000 ounces will be accessed via the underground.

The total capital cost for the open cut development is $17.1 million, which will be funded by a combination of debt and internal cash resources. Approximately 65% of the capital cost ($11 million) is expected to be funded by a project debt facility. Dominion's current cash balance is $15.2 million.

Cash operating costs for the open cut mine are estimated at AUD$278/ounce. An interim gold hedge position of approximately 40% of the open cut reserve (10% of the total resource) at an average spot price of AUD$580/ounce has been put in place during September in order to secure the viability of the project and take advantage of the recent strength in the gold price.

The project, which is located 740 kilometres north-west of Adelaide, is expected to employ up to 70 people once in full production. Pending successful finalisation of a debt finance package, Dominion expects to commence siteworks in December, with first gold production expected by Quarter 3 in 2002.

All relevant statutory and other approvals for the project have been completed, including native title agreements, the granting of the Mining Lease by PIRSA, and federal environmental consent. Dominion has also secured the approval of the Department of Defence, given that the Challenger Project is located within the Woomera prohibited area.

Dominion's Chairman, Mr Peter Joseph, said: "I would like to pay tribute to all parties involved with this development, particularly the South Australian Government and the Native Title claimant groups. The process has been collaborative and professional with all parties wishing the Project to proceed expeditiously. Dominion has an excellent track record in working with aboriginal communities in remote areas and with managing projects in an environmentally sustainable manner."

"We look forward to establishing a significant new mining operation for South Australia. Challenger represents one of many anomalies within our 10,000 sq km tenement holding on the Gawler Craton. We are confident that Dominion will continue to produce gold from this region for many years to come," he added.

This begins the first of many projects that are projected to commence this decade within the Gawler Craton. It is indeed a welcome addition to a burgeoning industry in this promising region of untapped resources within South Australia. Clearly the positive contribution and phenomenal success of Western Mining in the north of this region has clearly laid down a solid ground work that will assist in opening up this area for the benefit of us all.


7.  FLECKS ! - Glints from here and thereGold Nugget

The Australian Gold and Prospector's Expo will again be held at the Ballarat Exhibition and Entertainment Centre, Western Highway, Ballarat on the 16 -17 March 2002.
With the outstanding success of the last event - planning began only two weeks after the event concluded. The event next year will correlate closely with the March event - as it was so successful. A full debrief was undertaken at the comclusion of the event - and a number of items were discussed and improvements will be made for the 2002 event.
The event venue is now under new management - and some alterations have already been made to the interior of the venue - that have enhanced the internal appearance.
Forums have been discussed at length - however available personnel to undertake these forums is a problem at the moment - and I can say that although these have been considered at length - it is unlikely that forums will be a part of the event next year.

Through the medium of Events Ballarat and Beyond and with their support - we have applied for advertising funding through a government grant. Effective advertising is always an expensive exercise and we are hopeful that the grant available through the Country Victoria Tourism Council will be successful. Entry to the event will rise to $8.00 per adult with children remaining free. This rise was necessary to ensure the continuation of the event.
Both Minelab and Coiltek have indicated an increased commitment to the event.
The PMAV's contribution was exceptional this year and their continued support, along with support from APLA will all go to ensure the next event is a roaring success

Almost all exhibitors who attended last year are expected to attend again this year - no doubt due to the very successful event this year.
We moved last year to have the Normandy Nugget on site - but due to prior commitments we were unable to arrange for the nugget to be a feature of the Expo. It appears that this coming year too - we may be unable to arrange attendance again - due to a prior commitment in Sydney - but we are still in negotiations with Normandy Mining.
So please mark the dates in your diaries - calendars etc. and tell your friends - that the great gold Expo will again be held next year.


8.  STRIKESGold Nugget
        Recent Finds

SeptemberW.A.3 oz.
SeptemberWedderburn7 oz
SeptemberDunolly12 oz
We will only publish information that has been authenticated. This is by no means a comprehensive list as many quality finds are not disclosed. - Ed.

3 oz nugget - WA


9.  THE NEW LODE - Next Month's Issue

  • Woods Flat N.S.W.
    The Early Years at Woods Flat
  • The Siberian Disaster
    The Gold Rush to Siberia W.A. that cost so many lives
  • Bushranger Bungles
    Stories of bushrangers who should have picked another profession
  • New Directions
    We look at where the prospecting industry is going.


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