Update, January 11th, 2012

Just a quick update to inform you visitors that our Ebay sales are ending.
Sales will be discontinued during our stay in Australia.
We expect to arrive at Perth National Airport next Friday.
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The Discovery of Payable Gold in New South Wales

[Much of the information which follows and some of the photographs are extracted from Rob Bartlett's book "First Gold - Ophir N.S.W." published in 1999 (contact: Though the ground has been worked over many times, this book is an excellent compendium of the main facts. Another good reference is John Rule's text in the gradle of a nation- JCC 2003]


The Cradle of a Nation

by John Rule

“Blessed are the meek: For they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5


Who was Australia’s first discoverer of gold?
There is no simple answer to such a question. The query is invalid as there are two types of gold that may be discovered. The first is unpayable gold; sufficient to attest its presence but insufficient to merit its extraction. Therefore, unpayable gold or “colours” might tend to indicate that better finds are possible, but in itself, unpayable gold is valueless.

Kingsgate's Gold Mine in Chatree Thailand

Kingsgate and its' Thai subsidiary, Akara Mining Limited, operate the Chatree gold mine in central Thailand, 280km north of Bangkok. Chatree, Thailand's first modern gold mine, commenced operations in November 2001 with a processing plant capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) which was expanded to 2mtpa in 2006.

The World’s 10 Most Prolific Gold Fields

Gold has long been one of mankind’s most prized possessions. Yet most people have little idea where gold comes from, other than from “gold mines.”

Mining gold today often becomes monumental undertakings, truly some of man’s greatest engineering feats. Imagine gold mining shafts nearly two and a half miles below the surface and it taking two hours for miners to get to their work stations. Imagine a pit so large that it can be seen from outer space.

No reason to imagine, those are the realities in the mining of gold revealed in “The World’s 10 Most Prolific Gold Fields.”