Prospecting Trip Australia 2012 – Week 1

We arrived at Perth International Airport on Friday the 13th, 2012 at 23.10 pm. Although we  were a bit afraid for the baggage control with all our equipment packed, we were outside the airport in no time. We spend the first night at the Billabong Backpackers Resort, a half hour driving with the taxi. Not a best choice, but  it didn’t cost us any money. Perth is very expensive when it comes to food and beverage........ Read our first full report here.

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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OK, that’s all , folks, let the journey begin!


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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.