Old Workings.


I came across these old workings,in the hills behind Albany Creek.  Nearly  buried  in  the  undergrowth.

There is a pipe running through the concrete bump on the front of the dam wall, and continues into the dam several metres. There was to much overgrowth (jungle), to see any other constructions in the area.

Time to do some more investigation, before the exploration begins. A cool find, in an unexpected place.

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DT Gold


I have been seeing “DT Gold’s”, pay dirt bags popping up over social media for a few months now. I thought I might as well buy a bag and give it a run.

I bought from their website of the same name DT Gold. The site has a large selection of sizes to choose from, but for this purpose, a small bag will do the job. A small bag cost $24.95 plus the usual postage cost. A few days later it arrives in the mail box, easy.

small bag of pay dirt.

Nice and neatly packaged, in a sealed plastic bag. The gravel in all the same size and very clean. Perhaps , fish tank gravel.

Clean as a whistle, no dirty water.  The gold rode on top of the black sand, like it had been through a crusher. I couldn’t get it to sink to the bottom. This made separating the gold difficult, and it wanted to float away all the time. There are a lot of small gems in the black sand as well, giving something for everybody.

There is enough gold in the bag to keep anybody occupied for some time. Happy with the amount of gold in the bag. A decent product, worth the cost.

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Golden Pines.


Gold has been found in the headwaters of both branches of the Pine River. To the north at Laceys Creek. In the south at Camp Mountain.

While Camp Mountain got more attention, and a wider spread of mining activity, in an area running from Samford to Kenmore. I’m going to write about the rush to Laceys creek.  This post has been sitting in the “Draft” section of my blog for a few years now. Might as well push it out and get it finished.

Oh, why not…. I’ll give you a few stories from the Pine Rivers area. They are all reported in the newspaper. The publication and dates provided.

” The Courier”  ( Friday 29 June 1888, page 5)

Lacey’s Creek

” After leaving Lacey’s Creek, at a point about a quarter of a mile above Baxter’s selection, the track turns sharp to the right, and goes through a scrub so thick that it seems like a wall on each side. There are several very dangerous watercourses to be crossed, which can not be seen until within a few yards. Passing through this scrub, which is about half a mile in extent, the track comes out upon the side of a spur of the mountains, which is well grassed and not so heavily timbered, and here horses have to be left, as it is impossible to take them any further.

A short walk through the commencement of another scrub, and then down an almost perpendicular bank about 50ft. or 60ft. in height, brings one to the spot, and a wild looking place it is. The “find” is right in the bottom of the creek, with densely timbered walls on each side, rising to a height of about 200ft. on one side and on the other terminating in a mountain peak about 400ft. high. 

There are in all about 100 men on the field, or perhaps more, most of them being selectors from the district, and the rest from Brisbane. They are all pretty well supplied with provisions and blankets, but complain somewhat of the cold at night, as the deep gorge, where the rays of the sun hardly penetrate, is as cold as an icehouse. Claims are pegged out right up the creek, the parties generally being in twelves, and having taken up twelve men’s ground to work on the joint stock principle.”

This was based to an assay report of 2 oz. of gold to the ton and 7dwt.(pennyweights) of silver was the conclusion the assayer arrived at. The hard terrain and difficult ground, finished off the gold rush quickly. Most miners heading home within a week.

 

Brisbane Courier (Tuesday 27 September 1904, page 3)

Cedar Creek

” A syndicate, named the Mount Samson Gold Mining Syndicate, has been formed to work a property on Upper Cedar Creek, Samford district, being within 20 miles of Brisbane.

Leases are held for about 560 acres of freehold property, 60 acres being the property of Mr. John Guest, and the remaining 500 acres belonging to D. and R.J. Gordon. A practical miner was sent out to prospect the country, and the syndicate has now been formed on the report made by him. Mr. Guest, the owner of the 60 acre lease, is said to have sunk a shaft to a depth of about 25ft. but the reef was supposed to have pinched out.

Work was therefore abandoned. Some 15 tons of stone taken out during sinking is reported to have been sent to Aldershot, and returned 15dwt(pennyweight), 3gr(grains), per ton, while a small parcel gave equal to 7oz(ounce). per ton. It is now supposed that the reef had not pinched out, but had only tilted over. The present holders claim to have traced the lode from Guest’s property a mile and a half through Gordon’s property towards the mountains. It is considered by the syndicate to average about 15 ft. in depth, there being a large blow about the centre. Ex-inspector Stuart and John Gunn spent several days on the property last week, and they have reported that in every instance in which they dollied stone, some gold was obtained. Samples of the stone are now being assayed, but the returns are not at hand yet. “

Brisbane Courier (Saturday 17 October 1931, page 14)

Samford

” A company has been projected to take over and work a gold claim on the freehold of Mr. W. McLean, close to the Camp Mountain railway station, on the Dayboro Line, and 13 miles from Brisbane. The company has a capital of $3000(pounds sterling). It is stated that on a spur in the centre of the claim a quartz leader through the conglomerate was found to contain gold values. A shaft was sunk, and at 8ft. level a parcel of ore taken by Mr. McLean, and assayed by the government analyst, showed 2oz. 2dwt. of gold per ton.

Following the leader of the shaft, a cut was made on an underlay and a further parcel of ore taken and submitted to the Queensland Geological Survey. This assayed 5oz. 6dwt. per ton.

The shaft was sunk until the sulphides were leached, then a second shaft was sunk 40ft. from the first in an easterly direction to cut into the sulphides about 20ft. from the underlying shaft. At 50ft. level the foot wall of the sulphides was exposed for 4ft. and found to contain gold values.

Three parcels were then submitted to A. O. Mendelson, B.Sc, A.A.C.I., public analyst, and the following results were obtained:- Lab. No. 1187, 17dwt(pennyweights) to the ton.                                                                               Lab. No. 1188, 1oz. 8dwt. to the ton.                                                                                                   Lab. No. 1189, 15dwt. to the ton.

While a parcel submitted to the Government Analyst shows 13dwt. The quality of the ore has been repeatedly tested and maintained, while the sulphides have been well proven.”

 

So there is gold everywhere around Brisbane. Look up your nearest public fossicking spot and give it a go, or joint a fossicking group for some company and experience. Thanks for reading.

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Dry creeks.


Gold is still in the same places it has always been, running water or not. You need to go through the same steps to collect the gravel and you will still need some water to wash the gold loose.

From one trip to the next, conditions change.

I’ve gone from a flowing creek to a desert in a month. That’s fine. Still the same process as before….. except, now I can see what I’m doing. I can see the bedrock, and the gravel between the broken rock. Time to start digging.

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Just imagine the gold working it’s way down through the cracks in the rock.

Lifting broken bedrock and cleaning it, is easy enough. It does take a while to fill a bucket full of gravel. The rewards could be good or not so good. It all comes down to your luck on the day.

At least I’m out of the house….. fresh air and nature. There is no way you could complain about that.

I used the public holiday to make the trip for three days, three days digging…. But the weather did not cooperate. Sunday afternoon saw the rain come on, and continue most of the night. Wet weather and camping do not go together.

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Yes, I spent time in my hammock…. 

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From flowing to dry.

Most of the Deer have been moved to another farm, not far away. We saw a half dozen on Saturday afternoon, but that was all. I did find an antler, beside the dam we were using to pan the pay dirt. Surprised at the weight of the antler, heavier than I thought it might be.

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Monday was a pack-up before it started to rain again mission….. almost made it, but not quite. About ten buckets of gravel, for the whole weekend. Saturday with three buckets was the best day. Twice as much material on Sunday, for the same amount of gold.

It was a good weekend away, no matter how you look at it. Get out there, have some fun.

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Deer Farm gold.

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Bunya Mountains.


Another weekend over, another great trip under the belt.

I’ve been to the deer farm, in the Bunya Mountains. What a beautiful spot. The weather was clear, with a sneaky westerly, to make Saturday night cold. The fire was raging, to keep the chill out. But you couldn’t wish for better conditions, plenty of sunshine and blue skies.

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Water is cold in Winter, who would have thought?

This is the first time the creek has had water for a while. I was expecting to be cleaning dirt and gravel out of crevasses in the bedrock, but instead, I was up to the elbows in cold water. That’s refreshing on a cold morning. The gold was plentiful on the bedrock and in the cracks between the rock. Ten colors per pan, seemed to be average.

After lunch we took a trip to the “Muntapa Tunnel”. It’s nice to return to places and see the changes. The tunnel was fenced off, so there was no walking through the Bats. The Bats would fly up to your face then fly around you, without touching you. Just a gentle breeze from their wings. A great experience. The tunnel was built in 1912. The longest east/west railway tunnel through “The Great Dividing Range”.

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“Muntapa Tunnel”. 1912

Nice collection of “Orbs” you guys have there ! ( Dust ?)

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Looking out of the tunnel.

Sunday morning started with a herd of about 15 deer at the gate we were going through, with the buck stuck on the opposite side of the fence. He decided it was best to hide, so he lay down in the tall grass and watched us till we left. Can you see the buck? Just right of the first fence post, left of photo.

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Camouflaged Deer with nice antlers.

We kept digging till about two o’clock. Cleaned up our gear and headed to camp to pack up there. I was staying another day, but my friends were heading home. I enjoyed a colorful sunset and a good nights sleep, with a light sprinkle of rain through the night.

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Bedrock and gold. A trip I was looking forward too, and enjoyed very much. “Bunya Mountains” is beautiful.

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Bedrock in the creek.

There was a lot of color for a small amount of material. That’s the best way to have it. A few small gemstones as well.20170807_133711

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Quick Post…


Just a quick post to let you know how it’s going.

Look at the ripples on that water flow. There is plenty of disturbance in the water flowing through the sluice, letting the gold catch behind the riffles.

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The water at Deep creek is still flowing, but slowing down. A few more weeks and Deep Creek will be dry again.

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Deep Creek in Gympie, still holds a few surprises. Like these chunky little bits. It’s always uplifting to see a bigger piece of gold turn up from the black sand.

Hope everyone finds some treasure on their trips. Happy fossicking.

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Group Dig.


I’ve had a couple of inquiries about what has been going on lately, no new posts.

Simple answer…. nothing new or exciting has happened. It’s all been rather boring really. Nothing worth talking about in the gold finds. My take home amounts have been horribly small or nonexistent.

On the first of July I participated in a group dig at the Gympie fossicking area. The day was organized on “Gympie Gold Fossicking” page on Facebook.

A cold morning, with a hint of frost on the ground. But the temperature climbed to a nice warm morning. There was an impressive turnout, with 22 people putting in an appearance.

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The new people to gold digging, got some instruction and the experienced hands got pleasant company for the day. There were a few notable people there and all had a good time ( the admin from the Facebook page, Dustin from Gold Rat high bankers ).

Notable finds for the day….. 4 pickers, one Quartz and gold specimen and one fully terminated Quartz Crystal. Plus whatever fine gold turned up in sluices and gold pans.

A day that needs to be repeated, sometime in the future.

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