Gold & Ghosts

                       A Prospector’s Guide to Metal Detecting in Australia

                                       by:    David W. de Havelland  

A series of books that gives in detail, information on the old gold mining areas together with valuable historical information, photographs and maps – these are most essential for the serious prospector! The information shown here is for your reference only.

Unfortunately, these books are now longer in print and will not be reprinted as the author withdrew them from sale in July 2002.

If you are looking for a second-hand copy please check out eBay Australia.

 

GOLD & GHOSTS – Volume 1  (Western Australia)

   

This book contains 326 pages, 27 chapters and over 100 maps. The first four (4) chapters of this volume deals with: (a) Gold in History (b) What is gold? (c) Origin of gold nuggets (d) Types of gold found (e) Prospecting methods (f) New innovations (g) Metal Detectors (h) Where to prospect.

Details of the following goldfields are covered: Kimberley , West Kimberley, Pilbara, West Pilbara, Ashburton, Gascoyne, Peak Hill, Yalgoo, Murchison, East Murchison, Mount Margaret, Coolgardie, North Coolgardie, North-east Coolgardie, East Coolgardie, Yilgarn, Broad Arrow, Dundas, Phillips River, plus a general rundown on the State. A chapter is devoted to survival in the bush. A further chapter contains notes for interstate and overseas visitors and the final chapter lists references and indices.    It also includes the Addendum.

 

GOLD & GHOSTS – Volume 2  (Western Australia)

This volume is a continuation of Volume 1 and is designed to be used in conjunction with same. It contains 382 pages 20 chapters with and over 130 maps. The first chapter deals with gold in Western Australia followed with information on the following goldfields: Kimberley, West Kimberley, Ashburton, Gascoyne, Murchison, East Murchison, Mount Margaret, Coolgardie, North Coolgardie, North-east Coolgardie, East Coolgardie, Yilgarn, Broad Arrow, Dundas, Phillips River, North Dandalup, Donnybrook ... plus a further rundown on many other miscellaneous goldfields. The final chapter lists further references and indices. It must be noted that the information in Volume 1 is not repeated in Volume 2.

 

GOLD & GHOSTS – Volume 3  (South & Central Queensland)

 

This book contains 435 pages, 19 chapters and over 170 maps covering the central and southern districts of Queensland from the Q’ld / New South Wales border to Bowen and more or less diagonally to the corner of the south-west of the State. The author has divided the goldfields into 22 Mining Districts which are as follows: Southport, Brisbane, Ipswich, Warwick, Stanthorpe, Toowoomba, Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Gympie, Nanango, Eidsvold, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, Clermont, Mackay and Bowen. Each of the Mining Districts is then divided again into each known goldfield.   It also includes the Addendum.

 

GOLD & GHOSTS – Volume 4 (North & North Western Queensland)

This volume contains 616 pages, 13 chapters and 215 maps covering the area northwards from the south-west corner of the State and more or less diagonally to Bowen (being the balance not covered in Volume 3). This massive book follows the same format as Volume 3 covering 19 Mining Districts which are as follows: Charters Towers (including Ravenswood), Cloncurry, Mt. Isa , Townsville, Ingham, Innisfail, Herberton, Georgetown, Cairns, Mareeba (including Croydon), Mossman, Cooktown (including the Palmer River and areas north) and finally Thursday Island.   Each of the Mining Districts is then divided again into each known goldfield.

 

GOLD & GHOSTS SERIES BOOKS        by David de Havelland

Many thanks to David for providing us with with such a powerful gold finding resource. These books have helped find many thousands ounces of gold nuggets Australia wide. I wish that this fine series of books will become available one day again.

 

 

Update : Gold & Ghosts

 

A Tour of the Georgetown Mining District is the 5th book written by D.W.  de Havelland.

If you are a serious collector of de Havilland’s books then this is a must. It is smaller than Volumes 1 to 4, but is in the same format and is equally detailed in where to find that elusive gold.

This book is a must if you live near these gold bearing areas. Overall a smart investment and great read.

It has 32 maps and over 100 pages and covers the Georgetown area exclusively including: North Georgetown, Western Creek, Mount MacDonald, Forsayth, North and South Head, Mount Hogan, Percyville, Robin Hood and Gilberton, has approx. 20 pages of hints and tips.

This book describes the Georgetown area in much greater detail than the Gold and Ghost Volume 4. It covers the individual fields of this mining district and is by far the best summary available. It includes many detailed maps, this book very rarely comes up for sale.