Metal Detecting 1888 Mansion Ruins: Garrett GTI-2500.

We visit the site of former ‘Coal King’ and Parliamentarian Lewis Thomas’ mansion which was constructed in 1888 and demolished in 1937. The mansion had three stories, its own electrical power generating plant, 49 rooms and it even incorporated an hydraulic lift (elevator), quite a rarity in an 1880s Australian country house! The house was serviced by a permanent staff of eight and was the focus of social activity for the large Welsh mining community who came to Australia to work the coal deposits in the area. Unfortunately, following the death of Mrs Ann Thomas in 1930 with no living heirs, the mansion was sold to a coal mining company in 1936. A series of subsidence events under the foundation in the old coal workings finally spelt the end for the structure and it was demolished in 1937. We hope you enjoy this historical outing and a bit of investigative bush archaeology. Thanks for watching and please take the time to visit our blog www.nqexplorers.com

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158 thoughts on “Metal Detecting 1888 Mansion Ruins: Garrett GTI-2500.

  1. Thanks for your great comment Tex, and that old place was a real loss when it was demolished all those years ago – all the best and HH mate! Warren.

  2. It’s sad that grand old house had to be demolished. I really enjoy how you add the history to your videos. I think I could watch them for that, even if I wasn’t into metal detecting.

  3. Thanks for your great comment Pete – apologies for slow reply. Appreciate you taking the time to have a look at our videos. All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  4. Excellent video . Very impressed with the historical info and photos. One of the best detecting videos I have seen. God bless you and yours Mate. Have subscribed so I can see future videos.

  5. Thanks for your great comment Caribourain – much appreciated! The story of the old mansion, should indeed be a movie of some sort – there is a really eerie feel about the place now when you consider what was once there and that it was the centre of social life for the whole area – nothing but bush now! All the best and HH! Warren.

  6. This is one of the best Youtube videos I have seen. I love metal detecting and by including history of this mansion is the best. The burning of the coal mines. Its the making of a movie if you ask me. Great job. Keep these videos coming.

  7. I just love the way you incorporate the Historical information into your Videos. I always like to check in and watch your new Videos. Have a Great day. 🙂

  8. Thanks for your comment TJ, that old mansion was a sad loss to our history – amazing how little of it remains! Best of luck and HH with your new detector! Warren.

  9. Wonderful history! Too bad the Mansion had to be torn down. Great video. I am just getting started Metal Detecting. It is quite addictive. lol Subbed!
    TJ

  10. Had a 2nd look at your video NQ – that coal fire hole is frightening, would have to go at least half way to hell. Key hole surrounds = escutcheon and you have a couple of nice ones there, they could sure tell a tale.

  11. Love the hunt AND Ms Faithfull. NQ could you please check my new years day vid’ and I.d australian army shoulder badge as being WW2 vintage or otherwise. Thanks.

  12. Thanks for watching Brianher677, yes this mansion is a sad loss – unfortunately the coal company that purchased the property on the death of the family, had no interest in the real estate – just the coal beneath, hence the grand old lady was torn down. HH mate!

  13. What an excellent video. I really enjoyed the history of the mansion. I am new to detecting and got a few hints to use with my Garrett Ace 250. Thanks for posting and yes, I subscribed. Greetings from Canada eh!

  14. i’m hopeing to get a metal detector for chrismas but mainly for the excitement but i see alot of ppl geting really old coins silver and even GOLD how much would you say (as a hobby) would you make from metal detecting? of course i would be looking on a 30 acor plot of land and be doing it like 4 hours a day 🙂

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  16. Thanks for your great comment on our Mansion video Meplee36 – much appreciated. We always try and put some historical information on our videos to set a background for the hunt. Best of luck in the hobby and Happy Hunting!

  17. I like the way you put this video together. It was very interesting. I’m just getting started in the metal detecting world and it’s videos like this that really get me excited to get out and hunt. Thanks for taking the time to put this together and share it with the rest of the world. Great video, Happy hunting

  18. Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment on the video. In regard to the coal seam – as I understand it the fire was from spontaneous combustion as the mining worked the seam – apparently it is very rich coal, the fire started around 1912 as far as I can determine. There are a number of those sink holes burning in the area of the old mansion grounds. Best wishes and Happy Hunting!

  19. Very interesting and informative video; I enjoyed it and appreciate you taking the time to post it. What started the coal burning underground?

  20. Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment JimmyFarina97, the heat from the hole is from the burning coal seam. That seam has been burning underground for almost 100 years now. The mines are abandoned, there has been talk of trying to put the underground fires out but no-one wants to pay for it and the area has just been abandoned. Happy Hunting!

  21. Thanks for watching our video and taking the time to comment, yes it truly was a shame that the old place was demolished so long ago – I suppose these days they would have tried to save the foundation and we have the technology to do so – but post-great depression, not much money around and no-one was too concerned with preserving history! Best wishes and HH!

  22. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching our video and taking the time to comment, yes it truly was a shame that the old place was demolished so long ago – I suppose these days they would have tried to save the foundation and we have the technology to do so – but post-great depression, not much money around and no-one was too concerned with preserving history! Best wishes and HH!

  23. Your video was very interesting. I really enjoyed it. Such a shame to let such a beautiful place go to ruin and have it be demolished. The pictures, especially the bride on the steps were awesome! Good job.

  24. [..YouTube..] Your video was very interesting. I really enjoyed it. Such a shame to let such a beautiful place go to ruin and have it be demolished. The pictures, especially the bride on the steps were awesome! Good job.

  25. Great video, liked the background story. It’s nice to see someone who takes the time to look into the history. Such a shame that the old building had to be demolished. Strange that he allowed the mining to go on so close to the area where it stood, they must have known the dangers.

  26. [..YouTube..] Great video, liked the background story. It’s nice to see someone who takes the time to look into the history. Such a shame that the old building had to be demolished. Strange that he allowed the mining to go on so close to the area where it stood, they must have known the dangers.

  27. I found it somewhat ironic that the coal magnate’s mansion was undermined by probably the very same coal workings that his wealth was built upon.Its’s a shame that Australia lost a valuable piece of it’s history when it was pulled down.It was nice and interesting to see your historical detective work to relocate the mansion site once more.

    PS In Scotland,the Duke of Hamilton’s great mansion also had to be pulled down after coalmine subsidence affected it too

  28. [..YouTube..] I found it somewhat ironic that the coal magnate’s mansion was undermined by probably the very same coal workings that his wealth was built upon.Its’s a shame that Australia lost a valuable piece of it’s history when it was pulled down.It was nice and interesting to see your historical detective work to relocate the mansion site once more.

    PS In Scotland,the Duke of Hamilton’s great mansion also had to be pulled down after coalmine subsidence affected it too

  29. No we don’t carry a gun but we do try to be very cautious. We have seen a few out detecting but nothing too dangerous. Most will run away but one or two species will stand and strike. The only dingoes we noted was at night when camping. You can hear them in the distance. Probably wild pigs would be a bit of a concern if you came across one. I guess you just have to be aware of your surroundings. GL & HH.

  30. [..YouTube..] No we don’t carry a gun but we do try to be very cautious. We have seen a few out detecting but nothing too dangerous. Most will run away but one or two species will stand and strike. The only dingoes we noted was at night when camping. You can hear them in the distance. Probably wild pigs would be a bit of a concern if you came across one. I guess you just have to be aware of your surroundings. GL & HH.

  31. Detecting on private property is pretty much the same everywhere – you need permission – but a lot of these old sites have reverted to ‘Crown’ Land, so it is public property. If in doubt, a visit to the local Council will always give good advice on landowners, and often contact details too. HH, look forward to your island hunt!

  32. [..YouTube..] Detecting on private property is pretty much the same everywhere – you need permission – but a lot of these old sites have reverted to ‘Crown’ Land, so it is public property. If in doubt, a visit to the local Council will always give good advice on landowners, and often contact details too. HH, look forward to your island hunt!

  33. Thanks for watching and comment TheannoyingE – much appreicated – hope you do well on your island hunt – sounds like a fascinating spot! GL and HH!

  34. Thanks very much for watching our videos – we love the Land Rover, and have been considering doing a video on how we have it set up for bush and detecting trips. Thanks for your comments, best wishes and HH!

  35. [..YouTube..] Thanks very much for watching our videos – we love the Land Rover, and have been considering doing a video on how we have it set up for bush and detecting trips. Thanks for your comments, best wishes and HH!

  36. This looked like quite the estate in it’s heyday. interesting finds. I’m going to a local island this summer to detect. The island was home to an estate as well as an old hotel from the turn of the century; from which some of the stone foundation still stands. There is also a shipwreck off the shore-line that’s visible at low tide, it was a ferry-boat, like the one’s with the big paddle wheel seen in the bayous in the 1800’s. 🙂 I hope to find a lot there, since there are two islands. 😀

  37. [..YouTube..] This looked like quite the estate in it’s heyday. interesting finds. I’m going to a local island this summer to detect. The island was home to an estate as well as an old hotel from the turn of the century; from which some of the stone foundation still stands. There is also a shipwreck off the shore-line that’s visible at low tide, it was a ferry-boat, like the one’s with the big paddle wheel seen in the bayous in the 1800’s. 🙂 I hope to find a lot there, since there are two islands. 😀

  38. [..YouTube..] Thanks for you comment gfdigger, unfortunately this happens to too much of our historical sites as you know, even the little old farmhouses have a character all of their own. Appreciate you watching – GL and HH mate!

  39. [..YouTube..] @gfdigger
    Thanks for you comment gfdigger, unfortunately this happens to too much of our historical sites as you know, even the little old farmhouses have a character all of their own. Appreciate you watching – GL and HH mate!

  40. [..YouTube..] Great videa NQexplorers. Amazing to think of that massive mansion being mined under and destroyed; another oldie gone and all traces swallowed by the encroaching bush. Really interesting show with plenty of history included. Cheers gfdigger

  41. [..YouTube..] Thanks Crampo, we hope to revisit this site during the year as there is plenty of area to cover and research is revealing more historical information that may help in the hunt. Happy prospecting mate!

  42. [..YouTube..] @crampoable
    Thanks Crampo, we hope to revisit this site during the year as there is plenty of area to cover and research is revealing more historical information that may help in the hunt. Happy prospecting mate!

  43. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comments Willo, I always had a fascination for the tragic end of that old mansion. Only had a week in Brisbane and back home now, that was the only hunt I managed in the week, so no more “southern” videos for a while LOL. Thoroughly enjoying your goldfields videos – and look forward to the next. GL and HH mate.

  44. [..YouTube..] @1963Willo
    Thanks for your comments Willo, I always had a fascination for the tragic end of that old mansion. Only had a week in Brisbane and back home now, that was the only hunt I managed in the week, so no more “southern” videos for a while LOL. Thoroughly enjoying your goldfields videos – and look forward to the next. GL and HH mate.

  45. [..YouTube..] @OLDGOLD1100
    Thanks for your comments John, alway appreciated mate – glad we provided a small slice of Friday night entertainment LOL. HH mate, hope to see you out soon! Best of luck!

  46. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting Magpie, such a shame the old mansion was so comprehensively demolished, although I suppose many of the sites we see you hunting have very little visible remains from the past too – best of luck to both you and Desasta on your next outing. HH mate!

  47. [..YouTube..] @magpie307
    Thanks for watching and commenting Magpie, such a shame the old mansion was so comprehensively demolished, although I suppose many of the sites we see you hunting have very little visible remains from the past too – best of luck to both you and Desasta on your next outing. HH mate!

  48. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting Ged, but you should spend less time watching videos and more in the field looking for more of those golden beauties! LOL. Since the Missus took the last one, you are going to have to find another! HH mate.

  49. [..YouTube..] @PeaceHavens
    Thanks for watching and commenting Ged, but you should spend less time watching videos and more in the field looking for more of those golden beauties! LOL. Since the Missus took the last one, you are going to have to find another! HH mate.

  50. [..YouTube..] NQ – another very informative and interesting video a long way away from home from those signs! Love the history for some reason the place reminded me of Paranella Park where one visionary achieved so much. Its a real shame the mansion was demolished although for very good reasons! Thanks very much for taking us on the journey are you doing some other “southern sites as well?”

  51. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching PTH, that coal mine sink hole sure was dangerous, and there are more around dotted through the bush, so you can’t go barging through the long grass. Much of the terraced gardens area is thick lantana, and there are more sink holes in the area as you can seen the coal smoke rising from the ground in a few places! GL and HH mate!

  52. [..YouTube..] @PacificTreasureHunt
    Thanks for watching PTH, that coal mine sink hole sure was dangerous, and there are more around dotted through the bush, so you can’t go barging through the long grass. Much of the terraced gardens area is thick lantana, and there are more sink holes in the area as you can seen the coal smoke rising from the ground in a few places! GL and HH mate!

  53. [..YouTube..] @MercGhostrider
    Thanks for watching MG, that decorative piece of metal remains a mystery unfortunately, will definitely be making a return visit in the future. GL and HH mate!

  54. [..YouTube..] @PlugMartian
    Thanks very much for watching Mars! The mine was abandoned in 1912 due to roof instability and fires – and they have been burning ever since. The entrance was sealed, but sink holes and subsidence on the surface far above have kept the coal burning – the whole area is pretty much doomed to stay that way – the hill would be too unstable for any sort of development. GL and HH mate

  55. [..YouTube..] @MrVollenberg
    Thanks for your comments Ole, -20 C – wow, that is a real contrast to our summer LOL, 34 C and 90 percent humidity! Stay warm mate, keep planning your next historical outing in the Spring! GL and HH.

  56. [..YouTube..] GREAT HISTORICAL VIDEO. AMAZING HOW THINGS CHANGE OVER THE YEARS. ITS A SHAME FOR THE SITE. YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT SOMEBODY WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO KEEP IT ALIVE. THAT BURNING COAL MINE WAS AMAZING. AGAIN GREAT FILM AND KEEP UP THE GOLD WORK. GL ON YOUR NEXT AND HH

  57. Great Video Warren! Thanks for sharing the history. Too bad the mansion couldn’t have been preserved, a lot of history lost. Congrats on the relics! Oh, one more thing, great to see the tea kettle in the video again!

    beerbarrel

  58. [..YouTube..] Beautiful county despite those creatures laughing at you! Wonderful finds Warren, and thanks for bringing us along! Now that is a site I could really get excited about. Great history and research as usual Warren!

  59. [..YouTube..] That was a great hunt my friend – Did you ever figure out what that decorative metal bit was? The history of that home is amazing – hope you go back and hit it again to see what else might crop up. Take care!

  60. [..YouTube..] Proof positive that you don’t have to find a bunch of stuff to make a great detecting video. Enjoyed it quite a bit mate. What started the seam fire and have there been any efforts to put it out over the years? There is a similar situation in the state of Pennsylvania in one of the mines. That fire started in the 30s If I remember correctly and they have tried several times to put it out without success. Keep up the great work. HH

  61. [..YouTube..] Great piece of history thanks for sharing it with us, magnificent place it could have been today. With all the people who have been there in the past must also be someone who has lost something, I would sure search again at the area where there was a garden.You have made a great video again I look forward to the next. With more than -20 C here, it is impossible to get out and search so I enjoy seeing the good weather with you.

  62. [..YouTube..] very interesting and informative video, sad to see a lovely old building disappear, glad you found a couple of items from it. Hey that big hole was scary, you would think the health and safety people would have it fenced off!! Well done on the research and making of this excellent video,. Thanks for sharing Warren and good luck on your next hunt … Tina

  63. [..YouTube..] Why is the coal burning underground? Anyways awesome video. Just to think that he made so much wealth and constructed such a huge home and so many people in and out and just to think 100 years later its overgrown with weeds and trees. If you had told one of them back then that it would be like that they would have laughed at you. Our world is always changing around us.

  64. [..YouTube..] Thats was a nice video! It is exiting to see other land`s history and i realy like your videos. Its a shame they did not manage to save the mansion, but also great that you could detect there! I wish you best of luck on your next time out detecting frenzy! Happy Hunting 🙂

  65. [..YouTube..] Fantastic intro to a wonderful piece of Australian social history. Shame that the big old mansion met its end in such a terrible way. I’ve heard that such coal mining fires can burn for decades, but in an area where water is scarce, they can’t flood it to try to put it out. Congratulations on your finds and glad to see that you didn’t wind up down that hole, ugh!! Your documentary video is as watchable as ever and very enjoyable. Cheers, Warren I’ve appreciated it. GL & HH for the next time 😀

  66. [..YouTube..] What a shame that such a beautiful building had to be demolished. But it is nice that pieces still live on and serve today. The birds weren’t laughing at you they were cheering you on. Great informative video. GL and HH

  67. [..YouTube..] Awesome video ! Congrats on all your finds and good luck on your next hunt ! I have two questions for you . Why is that coal burning still in the ground ? What denomination was the church ?