Metal Detecting ‘Ghost Town Silver’ : Garrett GTI-2500: Land Rover Defender

We visit the site of a North Queensland Tin Mining town which existed from the late 1880s until being abandoned in the 1960s. Featured find is a beautiful Sterling Silver 1917 King George V Australian Sixpence coin. In addition we find various historic relics including an antique Victorian bedhead! At its peak in 1906, the population of the town grew to 222, but had dwindled to just 1 in 1970. The creeks in the area were worked by an Alluvial Tin Bucket Dredge (to feature in an upcoming video) from 1953 until 1971. Hope you enjoy our video, please take the time to visit our site www.nqexplorers.com

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78 thoughts on “Metal Detecting ‘Ghost Town Silver’ : Garrett GTI-2500: Land Rover Defender

  1. Thanks John, we plan on returning to that old town in the coming weeks and doing another video – the grass will start to brown off soon and make detecting a bit easier. Hope you get out soon and do a bit of detecting mate! GL and HH!

  2. [..YouTube..] Thanks John, we plan on returning to that old town in the coming weeks and doing another video – the grass will start to brown off soon and make detecting a bit easier. Hope you get out soon and do a bit of detecting mate! GL and HH!

  3. Thanks for watching Willo, it did occur to us to try the creeks for tin, would be quite a find when you think about it, but a big bucket dredge went thorough some of those areas in the 50s-70s and the landscape has been completely overturned. I think the main reason they stopped the dredging was because of the environmental destruction! But they must have missed some of the tin, will try the creeks on the next outing! HH mate, keep up your exceptional videos! Warren.

  4. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Willo, it did occur to us to try the creeks for tin, would be quite a find when you think about it, but a big bucket dredge went thorough some of those areas in the 50s-70s and the landscape has been completely overturned. I think the main reason they stopped the dredging was because of the environmental destruction! But they must have missed some of the tin, will try the creeks on the next outing! HH mate, keep up your exceptional videos! Warren.

  5. Thanks for your comments Pete, hope the op was very minor and you can get out bush over Easter to provide some great videos! Best of luck mate – HH!

  6. Thanks for your comments Magpie, still researching the old graveyard – all the old places are on a cemeteries register, just a matter of finding the place on the ground! Best of luck on your next mate!

  7. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comments Magpie, still researching the old graveyard – all the old places are on a cemeteries register, just a matter of finding the place on the ground! Best of luck on your next mate!

  8. Thanks for watching Chad, almost didn’t put that little brass stud in the video – just as well we did LOL. HH mate – great to see you out and Grizzly again!

  9. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Chad, almost didn’t put that little brass stud in the video – just as well we did LOL. HH mate – great to see you out and Grizzly again!

  10. Thanks Mr T, agreed – there are plenty more goodies to be unearthed in that old town, plus there are another 4 towns we know of in the area – lots of potential! GL and HH!

  11. [..YouTube..] Thanks Mr T, agreed – there are plenty more goodies to be unearthed in that old town, plus there are another 4 towns we know of in the area – lots of potential! GL and HH!

  12. Warren i thoroughly enjoyed the video and well done on those finds. As a matter of interest have you tried metal detecting the creek for bits of tin? Often wondered what it looks like in its natural state presumably without the Heinz word!

  13. [..YouTube..] Warren i thoroughly enjoyed the video and well done on those finds. As a matter of interest have you tried metal detecting the creek for bits of tin? Often wondered what it looks like in its natural state presumably without the Heinz word!

  14. As I’ve said many times before, ‘Another excellent video’ from NQExplores. Warren detecting is on hold for me as I’m recovering from a minor Op but I’m straining at the bit to get back out there. Your video’s help and they stop me from feeling too sorry for myself. Keep ’em coming Mate. Cheers, Pete

  15. [..YouTube..] As I’ve said many times before, ‘Another excellent video’ from NQExplores. Warren detecting is on hold for me as I’m recovering from a minor Op but I’m straining at the bit to get back out there. Your video’s help and they stop me from feeling too sorry for myself. Keep ’em coming Mate. Cheers, Pete

  16. Hi mate, enjoyed the tour round the ghost town, must have been a nice location way back when the hotels where up and running. Like the silver sixpence, shame you didn’t find the old grave yard, would have been interesting to see the lonesome grave. HH mate & GL on your next hunt.

  17. [..YouTube..] Hi mate, enjoyed the tour round the ghost town, must have been a nice location way back when the hotels where up and running. Like the silver sixpence, shame you didn’t find the old grave yard, would have been interesting to see the lonesome grave. HH mate & GL on your next hunt.

  18. Great video as always Warren! Hey at 14:27 you solved a huge mystery for me! I have found many of those brass saddle studs. I am hunting draft horse farmsteads from pre- Minnesota Statehood so these show up regularly. Thanks to you, I now know what the heck they are! Thanks my friend!

  19. [..YouTube..] Great video as always Warren! Hey at 14:27 you solved a huge mystery for me! I have found many of those brass saddle studs. I am hunting draft horse farmsteads from pre- Minnesota Statehood so these show up regularly. Thanks to you, I now know what the heck they are! Thanks my friend!

  20. Great video as usual NQ!! Loved the relics that you found, especially the Geo.V 6d!! I’m sure that there are still many coins to be found, seeing that there were hotels there. Just gotta have the coil over the right spot! Obviously you did that with that silver! Well done mate and best wishes on your next outing. GL and HH!!

  21. [..YouTube..] Great video as usual NQ!! Loved the relics that you found, especially the Geo.V 6d!! I’m sure that there are still many coins to be found, seeing that there were hotels there. Just gotta have the coil over the right spot! Obviously you did that with that silver! Well done mate and best wishes on your next outing. GL and HH!!

  22. Next time you go out mate, make sure you also take a steel rake or fire rake, and rake around the dump and where there are areas of broken glass and rubbish, I have been having heaps of luck doing that lately

  23. [..YouTube..] Next time you go out mate, make sure you also take a steel rake or fire rake, and rake around the dump and where there are areas of broken glass and rubbish, I have been having heaps of luck doing that lately

  24. [..YouTube..] G’day GFDigger, thanks for your comment and your ID on that reign guide! We passed that around the camp that night and there were plenty of theories – none of which were close LOL. Thanks again – makes the find more significant, as we actually found a couple of stirrups and harness rings nearby – probably a stables area across the road from the pub. Best of luck mate and HH!

  25. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Illdigger, yep King George had a long wait LOL. Finally went home in someone’s pocket LOL. Appreciate your comments as always – best of luck and HH!

  26. [..YouTube..] That nice little piece of silver has been waitin’ for you for a long time!!
    I bet KG was glad to see you too! Haha
    Another fun trip down under! Thanks for takin” me along again!
    Congrats on the silver!

  27. [..YouTube..] Another awesome video depicting part of Australia’s mining history. Congratulations on your finds, Warren. The silver sixpence is quite something, especially when linked to that deserted mining township. I know that you were relic hunting, but since you were in a tin mining region, did you manage to find any cassiterite specimens? That old bed head was a funny find, had there been more of it, I’d have taken it back home and cleaned it up 🙂 Cheers, GL & HH on the next trip. Rich 😀

  28. [..YouTube..] NQE,

    Great hunt again mate. You are not wrong on the coins at those places, the rich people didnt need to be doing the hard labour in those days. Well done on the 6 pence.

  29. [..YouTube..] Have you ever hunted the road . in old town every one walk the in the streets or board walks along side of the road…Have you ever deg up a outhouse. ( dunny)
    I really enjoy the history and story’s
    On your next trip all of us ,will be riding along with you.LOL
    Don

  30. [..YouTube..] Lovely hunt NQ. Love watching the history. You really know your stuff!! Thats a really nice machine you got there *wink*! bet that head board was beautiful back in the day!

  31. [..YouTube..] NQ – apart from the great video – terrific relics and beautiful Silver Sixpence – that intro music was great. The background info on the location is really interesting. Suburbia can’t compare to the opportunities for adventure and discovery in the far north. You’re right – finding that sixpence in a location like that – in the terrain – proves beyond doubt your determination and skill. Here I am in Melbourne..waiting for the council guys to finish mowing my park. LOL. Well done Cheers GL & HH