A note from the author:- I wish to add that much of the above information has been written over the years of my various explorations. It is with much sadness that over the past 5 to 10 years I have seen many of the old favourite fossicking areas closing their doors to the humble and in the majority of cases, harmless fossicker. However there has been a sad few who have spoilt and cruelled it for many others. It is now becoming quite difficult for the humble and old fashioned honest digger come fossicker to pursue their hobby of fossicking for gemstones. On top of this in the past 5 years, we have seen areas close due to, Land Rights, Native Title, National Park encroachments, Public Liability issues including litigation with fear as a result and also rapidly rising fuel costs, resistance to fossicking by Lobby and Environmental groups and changing fossicking laws. Let's just hope that in another 5 years fossicking for gemstones in Australia will be not only possible, but still legal.

The Mystery of Terra Australis

John Pinkney 2006

This ancient land has been measured and mapped,
Its mountains stripped, its animals trapped.
Roads and rails cross its desert plains,
But still the MYSTERY remains.
This timeless earth has been tunnelled and mined,
Wild streams and rivers redesigned.
Shafts dizzy deep into rock and hill,
But the MYSTERY lies deeper still.
The primal forests have been felled,
Green shadows vanished, birdsong quelled.
Bleak buildings rise in grey cold tides,
But still the MYSTERY abides.
This ancient land has been mapped and measured,
Torrents dammed, idylls untreasured.
The analyst notes, the historian explains,
But still the MYSTERY remains.

from Great Australian Mysteries 2, copyright (c) John Pinkney 2006. Published by The Five Mile Press

By permission


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Some Very Good Reference Sources

Australian Mining History Bibliography

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Bawden S. N., "Australian Rocks and Minerals - A Guide to Collecting Australian Rocks and Minerals", Claremont Book, South Yarra, Victoria 1991, ISBN 0 670 90448 1.

Buchester K. J., "The Australian Gemhunter's Guide An authoritative handbook for all collectors", Australia, Sydney, Ure Smith Pty Ltd, 1967.

Campbell Norm & Stone Derrick, "Gemstones of New South Wales", Australia, Brisbane, Jacaranda Press, 1969, SBN 7016 0000 4.

De Havelland D. W., "A prospectors guide to metal detecting in Australia 'GOLD & GHOSTS' Volume 3 Queensland Central & Southern Districts", Carlisle, Western Australia, Hesperian Press, 1987, ISBN 0 85905 114 5.

Drake H. C., "The Art of Gem Cutting", Gembooks, Mentone California, 1963.

Duda Rudolf & Rejl Lubos, "Rocks & Minerals of the World", Prague, Tiger Books, (Twickenham), 1998, ISBN 1-84056-025-8.

Frost Christine & Larry Robinson, "Gold is Where You Find It - Book 1", Frost & Robinson, Sydney, 1981, ISBN 0 9593857 1 1.

Garland H. K., "The Prospectors handbook - A Guide to Panning Minning and Detecting in Australasia", Penguin Books, Ringwood, Victoria, 1994, ISBN 0 14 023163 3.

Hamilton W R, Woolley A R & Bishop A C, "The Hamlyn Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils", Sydney, Hamlyn, 1974, ISBN 0-600-34398-7.

Hankin Rosie (ed.), "Rocks & Crystals & Minerals complete guide" London, Greenwich, 2002, ISBN 0-86288-345-7.

Kerr Ruth S, "Confidence & Tradition A History of Esk Shire" , Publisher unknown, 1988, pp 31 - 36, BCC Bar Code. 3 4000 04087 4083, Call No. 994.32 KER.

Kingsley R. (et al), "Fossils - A Pocket Companion", Quantum Books, London, 1998, ISBN1-86160-257-X.

Myatt, Bill (ed.) "Australian and New Zealand Gemstones how and where to find them", Australia, Sydney, Paul Hamlyn, 1972.

Palmer S. Yvonne, "Tracks of the Years - The Story of St. Arnaud", Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1955

Pearson A. M. (M.B.E.), "Echoes from the Mountains - and History of the Omeo Shire Council" Omeo Shire Council, 1969.

Pellant Chris, "Rocks and Minerals - The visual guide to over 500 rocks and mineral specimens from around the world", London, Harper Colins, 1992, ISBN 0-7322-0069-5.

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Schumann Walter, "Gemstones of the World - Revised & Expanded Edition", A & R, ISBN 0-8069-9461-4.

Speckles Milton L., Complete Guide to Micromounts, Gembooks, 1965.

Stewart-Jones Harriet (ed.), "Rocks, Shells, Fossils, Minerals & Gems - The Complete Collector's Companion", Australia, Leichardt (NSW), Sandstone Books, 1997, ISBN 1-8640-091-8.

Stocks S. N., "Cradled In The Ranges A History of Blackbutt, Benarkin Taromeo and Surrounding Districts 1842 - 1988", Blackbutt-Benarkin Bicentenary and Centenary Committee, Cranbrook Press (Toowoomba), pp 82 - 89, 1988, ISBN 0 7316 4169 8.

Stone Douglas M, Bob Sargent, Sharman Stone, "Gold & Relics - Metal Detecting for Gold & Relicsin Australia", Outdoor Press, Dee Why West, , 1976, ISBN 0 7018 06516.

Stone Douglas M., "How to find Australian Gemstones", Periwinkle Books, Dee Why West, , 1976, ISBN 0 7018 06516.

Stone Douglas M., "Where to find Queensland Gemstones", Australia, Yarra Glen, Pioneer Design Studio, 1973, ISBN 0 909674 04 3.

Douglas M Stone & Robert Butt, "Where to Find Australian Minerals", Australia, Melbourne, Lansdowne Press, Periwinkle, 1972, SBN 7018-0253-7.

Sutherland Lin & Webb Gayle, "Gemstones & Minerals of Australia", Sydney, Reed, 2004, ISBN 1-876334-39-8.

Old Torrington A History of Torrington and District 1881 1981, Glen Innes, Examiner Printing Service, 1981.

Victor A. E. & Victor L. M., "Gem Tumbling and Baroque Jewelery Making", Victor Agate Shop, Spokane, Washington, 1962.

Wells John, "Gippsland people, a place and their past", Landmark Press, Drouin, Vic, 1986.

Wells John, "More Colourful tales of Old Gippsland", Landmark Press, Drouin, Vic, 1984. ISBN 0949449245.

Wilkinson Isabel, Forgotten Country, Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education, 1980.

Wright Quintin, The Complete Book of Micromounting (Unknown).