Metal Detecting & Ghost Town Relic Hunting: Mt Mulligan: Garrett AT Pro: Land Rover Defender

We return to Mt Mulligan on the 90th Anniversary of the 1921 mining disaster. This video includes some background historical information before the hunt. The actual death toll from the coal dust explosion is generally agreed to be 75, but may have been 76. The town came into being in the late 1800s and was abandoned with the closure of the mine in 1956. This is the first outing for our new ‘ruggedized’ Panasonic Lumix camera. It is water and dustproof and drop-proof to 1.5m. It will need to be, as we plan on getting it dusty and dropping it on a number of occasions. Video has only been uploaded in medium definition due to the file size. Historical sources: Book “If Anything Too Safe – The Mt Mulligan Mining Disaster of 1921” by Peter Bell, “Too Young To Die” – Documentary by Mike Pearce. Music: Sky “Westaway” & “Working Man” by Rita Macneil.

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112 thoughts on “Metal Detecting & Ghost Town Relic Hunting: Mt Mulligan: Garrett AT Pro: Land Rover Defender

  1. Thanks for your great comment Cjeremie – Mt Mulligan is a special place for a number of reasons, would love to get over your way and do some exploring, great country. GL and HH mate!

  2. Great video! Had no idea about the significance, just don’t watch much tv assuming it was on tv news that is. Really enjoy watching the mines tours. Up here Wittenoom is a fantastic place to visit, go camping and 4wding. Keep up the fantastic work.

  3. Thanks for your comments Crampo, Mrs NQ is giving me a hiding in the field at the moment LOL – but thats alright by me. Happy prospecting mate.

  4. another great history lesson, love it. keep them coming, hopefully you can find a pie shop thats open next time. great to see mrs HQ leading the way.
    cheers cob crampo
    enjoy your adventures & good prospecting

  5. [..YouTube..] another great history lesson, love it. keep them coming, hopefully you can find a pie shop thats open next time. great to see mrs HQ leading the way.
    cheers cob crampo
    enjoy your adventures & good prospecting

  6. [..YouTube..] another great history lesson, love it. keep them coming, hopefully you can find a pie shop thats open next time. great to see mrs HQ leading the way.
    cheers cob crampo
    enjoy your adventures & good prospecting

  7. Thanks for watching and commenting OregonPepper, on this hunt the ATPro was just in Standard mode (coins), as we had just upgraded from the ACE250. The “Tone Roll” audio in Pro is a great feature and we have started using this now on our coin and relic hunts. Best of luck with the new ATPro and keep at it – its a great machine packed with features. HH mate and best wishes.

  8. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting OregonPepper, on this hunt the ATPro was just in Standard mode (coins), as we had just upgraded from the ACE250. The “Tone Roll” audio in Pro is a great feature and we have started using this now on our coin and relic hunts. Best of luck with the new ATPro and keep at it – its a great machine packed with features. HH mate and best wishes.

  9. [..YouTube..] @OregonPepper
    Thanks for watching and commenting OregonPepper, on this hunt the ATPro was just in Standard mode (coins), as we had just upgraded from the ACE250. The “Tone Roll” audio in Pro is a great feature and we have started using this now on our coin and relic hunts. Best of luck with the new ATPro and keep at it – its a great machine packed with features. HH mate and best wishes.

  10. [..YouTube..] @OregonPepper
    Thanks for watching and commenting OregonPepper, on this hunt the ATPro was just in Standard mode (coins), as we had just upgraded from the ACE250. The “Tone Roll” audio in Pro is a great feature and we have started using this now on our coin and relic hunts. Best of luck with the new ATPro and keep at it – its a great machine packed with features. HH mate and best wishes.

  11. Great video, I loved the history and commentary. What mode do you use on the at pro? Was that standard or pro? I just got an AT myself and I am trying to learn what I can from the beeps. HH

  12. [..YouTube..] Great video, I loved the history and commentary. What mode do you use on the at pro? Was that standard or pro? I just got an AT myself and I am trying to learn what I can from the beeps. HH

  13. [..YouTube..] Great video, I loved the history and commentary. What mode do you use on the at pro? Was that standard or pro? I just got an AT myself and I am trying to learn what I can from the beeps. HH

  14. Thanks for watching Pete, agreed, all that history is just rusting away and will be soon gone forever. Up to blokes like up to dig it up and preserve it LOL. HH mate, look forward to your next bush adventure.

  15. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Pete, agreed, all that history is just rusting away and will be soon gone forever. Up to blokes like up to dig it up and preserve it LOL. HH mate, look forward to your next bush adventure.

  16. [..YouTube..] @ozziepete55
    Thanks for watching Pete, agreed, all that history is just rusting away and will be soon gone forever. Up to blokes like up to dig it up and preserve it LOL. HH mate, look forward to your next bush adventure.

  17. [..YouTube..] @ozziepete55
    Thanks for watching Pete, agreed, all that history is just rusting away and will be soon gone forever. Up to blokes like up to dig it up and preserve it LOL. HH mate, look forward to your next bush adventure.

  18. NQ, thers’s not much I can add to the comments already made by others.
    I enjoyed the video, always interested in local history and the coins were a bonus.
    Well done.

  19. [..YouTube..] NQ, thers’s not much I can add to the comments already made by others.
    I enjoyed the video, always interested in local history and the coins were a bonus.
    Well done.

  20. [..YouTube..] NQ, thers’s not much I can add to the comments already made by others.
    I enjoyed the video, always interested in local history and the coins were a bonus.
    Well done.

  21. Thanks for watching and commenting Magpie, yeah I thought It may have been Frankford Arsenal, either a 20mm aircraft round (R.A.A.F. Boomerangs and Beaufighters with Hispano 20mm cannon) or an Oerlikon 20mm AA round. HH mate.

  22. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting Magpie, yeah I thought It may have been Frankford Arsenal, either a 20mm aircraft round (R.A.A.F. Boomerangs and Beaufighters with Hispano 20mm cannon) or an Oerlikon 20mm AA round. HH mate.

  23. [..YouTube..] @magpie307
    Thanks for watching and commenting Magpie, yeah I thought It may have been Frankford Arsenal, either a 20mm aircraft round (R.A.A.F. Boomerangs and Beaufighters with Hispano 20mm cannon) or an Oerlikon 20mm AA round. HH mate.

  24. [..YouTube..] @magpie307
    Thanks for watching and commenting Magpie, yeah I thought It may have been Frankford Arsenal, either a 20mm aircraft round (R.A.A.F. Boomerangs and Beaufighters with Hispano 20mm cannon) or an Oerlikon 20mm AA round. HH mate.

  25. Loved the history of the site though was sad and a big shame what happened there back then. Think the lettering F A on the shell case might be Frankford Arsenal, dated 1942, interesting… and some nice coins to go with it, nice.

  26. [..YouTube..] Loved the history of the site though was sad and a big shame what happened there back then. Think the lettering F A on the shell case might be Frankford Arsenal, dated 1942, interesting… and some nice coins to go with it, nice.

  27. [..YouTube..] Loved the history of the site though was sad and a big shame what happened there back then. Think the lettering F A on the shell case might be Frankford Arsenal, dated 1942, interesting… and some nice coins to go with it, nice.

  28. Awesome Video Warren! Congrats to you and Colleen on the great finds! Also, Thanks for the historical background, sure adds to your finds. Best of luck on your next hunt!
    beerbarrel

  29. Your history intros mean a lot to people like me who don’t know a lot about Australia and its history. Who knows, perhaps that we should all do something similar if the location calls for it? If only the coins and relics could speak for themselves, now that would be fascinating and enjoyable too. Cheers and GH. 😀

  30. [..YouTube..] Your history intros mean a lot to people like me who don’t know a lot about Australia and its history. Who knows, perhaps that we should all do something similar if the location calls for it? If only the coins and relics could speak for themselves, now that would be fascinating and enjoyable too. Cheers and GH. 😀

  31. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers Your history intros mean a lot to people like me who don’t know a lot about Australia and its history. Who knows, perhaps that we should all do something similar if the location calls for it? If only the coins and relics could speak for themselves, now that would be fascinating and enjoyable too. Cheers and GH. 😀

  32. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers Your history intros mean a lot to people like me who don’t know a lot about Australia and its history. Who knows, perhaps that we should all do something similar if the location calls for it? If only the coins and relics could speak for themselves, now that would be fascinating and enjoyable too. Cheers and GH. 😀

  33. Thanks Flouridekid, appreciate your commenting, we like to tie the history into the places we hunt, puts the finds in context. HH and best of luck.

  34. Beaten by the wife LOL. I’ve got used to it, she always claims “Find of the Day” LOL. Thanks for watching and commenting mate and HH.

  35. [..YouTube..] @icollectstuffdude
    Thanks for watching, I agree, can’t imagine working down there, especially all those years ago, pretty amazing blokes those old miners. HH (happy hotwheels) mate.

  36. [..YouTube..] @icollectstuffdude
    Thanks for watching, I agree, can’t imagine working down there, especially all those years ago, pretty amazing blokes those old miners. HH (happy hotwheels) mate.

  37. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting GG1, good point on the initials, first thing we thought of, but no match for any of the poor blokes in the mine. Whenever we find any old coins up there older than 1921, the thought always goes through your mind “I wonder if one of those blokes dropped this?” Quite possible in such a small town. HH mate.

  38. [..YouTube..] @garbageguru1
    Thanks for watching and commenting GG1, good point on the initials, first thing we thought of, but no match for any of the poor blokes in the mine. Whenever we find any old coins up there older than 1921, the thought always goes through your mind “I wonder if one of those blokes dropped this?” Quite possible in such a small town. HH mate.

  39. [..YouTube..] @garbageguru1
    Thanks for watching and commenting GG1, good point on the initials, first thing we thought of, but no match for any of the poor blokes in the mine. Whenever we find any old coins up there older than 1921, the thought always goes through your mind “I wonder if one of those blokes dropped this?” Quite possible in such a small town. HH mate.

  40. [..YouTube..] @ExiledOzi
    Thanks for watching ExiledOzi, yeah its really the “wide brown land” up there at the moment, enough to make any Aussie homesick LOL. Never mind mate, you’ve got winter to look forward to now LOL. HH mate.

  41. [..YouTube..] @ExiledOzi
    Thanks for watching ExiledOzi, yeah its really the “wide brown land” up there at the moment, enough to make any Aussie homesick LOL. Never mind mate, you’ve got winter to look forward to now LOL. HH mate.

  42. [..YouTube..] @MichaelSwan66
    Thanks for watching Michael, one of our favourite ‘day trips’ up there, and we always manage to come home with a few ‘keepers’ HH mate, look forward to your next beach trip.

  43. [..YouTube..] @spannersMD
    Thanks for watching Spanners, Mrs NQ loves the Fender as much as I do, awesome off road, will go much further than I am going to push it LOL. HH mate, look forward to your next.

  44. [..YouTube..] @1963Willo
    Willo, appreciate your comments mate, yes, very dry and hot out there now. Unfortunately the big wet earlier in the year means there is a lot of dead grass (2m tall in places!) that is just impossible to detect in, usually it burns between now and the next wet, which makes things a bit easier, luckily we have been going there for years and know the lie of the place, because most of it is well hidden in the deep grass. Keep the great vids coming mate, HH.

  45. [..YouTube..] @PeaceHavens
    Thanks for watching PH, I give your videos and the finds you come up with 8 stars so I am humbled by the rating LOL. Best of luck mate, keep those entertaining outings coming. HH.

  46. [..YouTube..] @IrocOn2
    Iroc, thanks for watching and commenting, although ED did get in first. Mrs NQ constantly outperforms me in the field, threatens to start her own channel, Im hoping for a small role in the background when she gets it off the ground, although she has advised me that I’m not certain to get the role. LOL. HH mate.

  47. [..YouTube..] @REDDIRTDIGGER
    Thanks for watching RDD, getting very hot and dry up there, bushfire season is coming on so the place would be like a tinder box if a fire starts now, there is so much dry grass from the last wet season. HH mate, love your vids and best of luck on your next.

  48. [..YouTube..] @GemQ1
    Thanks for watching mate, love my vanilla slices too LOL. Lots more to show up there and will keep going back and making videos of the place, before the next wet and the grass gets even worse! HH mate.

  49. [..YouTube..] @PacificTreasureHunt
    Thanks for watching PTH, yes very isolated, there was a school with around 40 kids, two pubs, the bakery, half a dozen shops, a billiards hall (dance hall), railway station and around 30 houses that we have found. Great day out always. Legend has it there is a Sunshine Milk tin full of Sovereigns up there in a back yard somewhere – still looking for that. HH mate.

  50. [..YouTube..] @EchucaDigger
    Hey, Ive tried this, gone in with the early comment, trying to guess the content of the video – never works out, you always have to comment a second time – wait a minute, there is another ED comment to comment on LOL.
    HH mate.

  51. [..YouTube..] Thanks for sharing this exciting video. I really like the historic intro, even though it records a sad event. Congratulations on locating some good finds from the old community. The silver three pence is a good touch to end with. Good hunting to both of you on your next trip.