Metal Detecting & Gold Cradling: Goldfields Relics: Victorian Silver: Garrett AT Pro.

Part I: We make a visit to an 1876 North Queensland Goldfields site, where we try our hand at some fine gold prospecting the old fashioned way with a replica 19th Century Gold Cradle (rocker box), while Mrs NQ hunts the creeks with her AT Pro. Not much gold to be had, just a half a dozen specks, but Mrs NQ comes up with a beautiful Victorian Silver Shilling and a Victorian Penny, left behind by the ‘Old Timers’ from among the water and cobbles in the creek bed. Another find provides a direct link to the Chinese miners on the field, and the opium trade. Thanks for watching and subscribing, please visit our blog www.nqexplorers.com

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  1. Thanks for your great comment SaltyKayak. With regards to Aboriginal artefacts – Aboriginal people did not use bows and arrows – so no arrowheads, but they used spears (thrown by a woomera) and stone axes. You can occasionally stumble across a ‘tool factory’ where they have been making and sharpening spear and axe heads, or sharpening grooves in rocks along the creeklines. But since the Aboriginal population was so small and widespread, the sites are few and far between. Best wishes and HH!

  2. Love your videos. I am doing a little research (from Florida USA) about Australia. My son and family are moving to Australia sometime in the next 6 months and there is a possibility, my honey and I will also spend some time there. I will probably do a little hobby prospecting if I go. But I have one question. I have found literally thousands of Native American artifacts here but I have not seen one stone artifact (arrowhead) from Australia. Did the Aborigines not make stone artifacts there?

  3. Thanks for watching Wuchagot – when we say ‘grass’ in this context, it is around 1 to 2 metres deep, tough and almost impenetrable, you need a machete to get into it LOL. No hope of swinging a detector. Later in the dry it often burns and that is the only way you can get back into some areas! GL and HH mate!

  4. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Wuchagot – when we say ‘grass’ in this context, it is around 1 to 2 metres deep, tough and almost impenetrable, you need a machete to get into it LOL. No hope of swinging a detector. Later in the dry it often burns and that is the only way you can get back into some areas! GL and HH mate!

  5. Thanks for watching mate, we have picked up Garrett gear from all over, from NQ Miners Den in Cairns, the Gold Mining Centre in Adelaide, and from Texas Premium Detectors on line – which tends to be much cheaper but for warranty you have to return to the US. Hope this helps mate.

  6. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching mate, we have picked up Garrett gear from all over, from NQ Miners Den in Cairns, the Gold Mining Centre in Adelaide, and from Texas Premium Detectors on line – which tends to be much cheaper but for warranty you have to return to the US. Hope this helps mate.

  7. Wonderful to watch, I don’t know what you Aussie’s are on about but it is sooo good to watch & see all the English stuff turn up……Love it….SUBSCRIBED 🙂

  8. [..YouTube..] Wonderful to watch, I don’t know what you Aussie’s are on about but it is sooo good to watch & see all the English stuff turn up……Love it….SUBSCRIBED 🙂

  9. Thanks for watching and commenting, hope to have second installment up next week. Hope you get a hunt video out soon! Best wishes and Happy Hunting mate!

  10. Thanks for watching WalnLiz – much appreciated – yes the countryside is magic, the weather was perfect – everything else is a bonus! Best of luck on your next fossicking trip!

  11. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching WalnLiz – much appreciated – yes the countryside is magic, the weather was perfect – everything else is a bonus! Best of luck on your next fossicking trip!

  12. brings back memories…..magic countryside… and good to see the misses outdoing you with the detector..best of luck on the next adventure.

  13. 1877 wow that’s something! nice find love the rocket box! still haven’t gottin into the shed to make one LOL love the hunt well done!
    GL&HH Jimmy

  14. Thanks for your comments Rich, the big nugget continues to elude us LOL, but it is not for want of trying! We love those Victorian coins – that’s about as old as coins get in our part of Australia, the area was only settled with the discovery of this particular goldfield in the 1870s. But goldfield relics keep turning up with a direct connection to the history of the area, so there is always something to find or investigate – Best wishes mate and Happy Hunting!

  15. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comments Rich, the big nugget continues to elude us LOL, but it is not for want of trying! We love those Victorian coins – that’s about as old as coins get in our part of Australia, the area was only settled with the discovery of this particular goldfield in the 1870s. But goldfield relics keep turning up with a direct connection to the history of the area, so there is always something to find or investigate – Best wishes mate and Happy Hunting!

  16. An absolutely superb and highly enjoyable video hunt in the gold fields. Congratulations to both of you on your awesome finds. I was rooting for you to find that big nugget, but it wasn’t to be on this occasion. Those coins and relics are amazing, especially the early viccy shilling and the old head QV english penny. that spur was a find and a half and in such good condition too. Loved the historical images and info, but those flies… ugh!! Thanks for sharing, Warren, much appreciated.GL HH 😀

  17. [..YouTube..] An absolutely superb and highly enjoyable video hunt in the gold fields. Congratulations to both of you on your awesome finds. I was rooting for you to find that big nugget, but it wasn’t to be on this occasion. Those coins and relics are amazing, especially the early viccy shilling and the old head QV english penny. that spur was a find and a half and in such good condition too. Loved the historical images and info, but those flies… ugh!! Thanks for sharing, Warren, much appreciated.GL HH 😀

  18. just tried to private message you but their doesn’t seem to be that option , and yes cant wait for delivery of garrett gti 2500 on tuesday i would be really grateful if you could send vid on it , i have been listening to different sounds it makes when you find stuff but would love your expertise , i have just bought an ordnance survey of britain so watch this space i will give you both a tour of dorset forests and fields if you havn;t already been ,? im on vid 39 now so will speak soon hh

  19. [..YouTube..] just tried to private message you but their doesn’t seem to be that option , and yes cant wait for delivery of garrett gti 2500 on tuesday i would be really grateful if you could send vid on it , i have been listening to different sounds it makes when you find stuff but would love your expertise , i have just bought an ordnance survey of britain so watch this space i will give you both a tour of dorset forests and fields if you havn;t already been ,? im on vid 39 now so will speak soon hh

  20. Up here in British Columbia dredges are outlawed. You can use hand powered equipment though. They make this large hand pumped suction tube that is great for sucking the mud and gravel from around rocks, etc. The gold, lead, etc collects in the bottom part of the pump.

  21. [..YouTube..] Up here in British Columbia dredges are outlawed. You can use hand powered equipment though. They make this large hand pumped suction tube that is great for sucking the mud and gravel from around rocks, etc. The gold, lead, etc collects in the bottom part of the pump.

  22. A great vid and a very special location indeed. Simply love how you include historical pictures and facts concerning the occupation of your sites. Thanks for sharing your dig! Some good finds as well!

  23. [..YouTube..] A great vid and a very special location indeed. Simply love how you include historical pictures and facts concerning the occupation of your sites. Thanks for sharing your dig! Some good finds as well!

  24. [..YouTube..] if your coins are in the first 20cm, the 5x8dd will find them with ease, not sure how much deeper it goes but finds stuff with ease and gets into the shrubs/bushes and under bricks/rubble/rocks with ease

  25. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Magpie, the Victorian coins are always great finds for us, and it is not just the patience you require for working that gravel – it is the sore back later that afternoon from all the shovelling LOL. GL and HH mate!

  26. [..YouTube..] Thanks for kind comments Ian, and appreciate your watching our videos mate, we hope to get out and use the rocker box a lot more this year before the creeks dry up, as there are some good areas of fine gold in the creeks up there, plus the bonus of the chance of a few old Victorian coins – there have actually been William IV silver and the occasional Sovereign unearthed in the area – so we live in hope LOL. HH mate!

  27. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comment Pete, did you go bush over Easter – more Sovereigns out at your campsite for sure mate! – Funny you should say that about the spur – I thought it was silver when Colleen dug it – or silver plated – but no markings we can find. Part 2 will be up next week. HH mate!

  28. [..YouTube..] Appreciate your comments Kimdaviscali, hope you can post some videos of your prospecting adventures – love to see the goldfields of Canada. Planning on a few prospecting trips with the Infinium in the coming months, along with the rocker box and a highbanker we have – thank you for watching – best wishes and Happy Prospecting!

  29. [..YouTube..] Thanks for commenting Mr T – you are right, there are plenty of treasures still awaiting in the old goldfields up here – always a good chance of something special! HH mate!

  30. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching GeorgiaCanuck, we actually have a small aluminium highbanker which we might dust off for our next trip up there – in the next few weeks – HH mate!

  31. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Willo, love to see you with your GPX up here – but the grass is really bad this year, so for a few months it is up and down the creeks – don’t forget to purchase your Queensland Fossicking Licence – regulations – sheesh! HH mate.

  32. [..YouTube..] Thanks for commenting GemQ, we plan going back there often over the winter, before the water dries up, we have a highbanker too, might give that a run, and there are some better prospects further down the creek where we have picked up quite a bit of find gold in the past. A real bonus Colleen picking up those ‘Vickys’ in the creek, they are a real favourite the old Shillings – HH mate!

  33. [..YouTube..] Thanks for you great comments SJG, no chance of finding any old coins as sensational as you do, but scratching around for gold and finding a few Victorian coins is always a great day out for us. Appreciate your input mate, GL and HH!

  34. [..YouTube..] That was great Warren & Colleen. Made me want to get off my fat backside and grab the detector. Did the spur have German Silver stamped on it? Can’t wait for Part 2. Cheers, Pete

  35. [..YouTube..] Absolutely love your videos, watch them all, this is my fave so far… great editing, fantastic commentary….. I’m an ex Gold Coast resident now living and prospecting full time on the Goldfields of Canada… use Minenlab and an Infinum, love seeing your Infinium videos…great job Mrs. NQ… grin….

  36. [..YouTube..] Great video Warren and Colleen! Mrs NQ really scored well with the coins and relics! Well done!! The cradle looks good too! I would love to get up to those goldfield in FNQ sometime, as there are plenty of coins and relics still lurking in the scrub. Really terrific guys! GL and HH!!

  37. [..YouTube..] Warren and Colleen congratulations on a terrific adventure and finding those coins and gold – a most enjoyable watch. Must admit I am fairly twitching to get my GPX5000 over those hill sides for a few nuggets perhaps a visit to the in-laws would be in order!

  38. [..YouTube..] Mrs NQE sure did have a great day out mate. Love the shilling and veil head penny, also nice to see a bit of color. Looking forward to future hunts there.

  39. [..YouTube..] Well done Mrs NQ and you too Warren, some very nice finds. Again, great friday night viewing for me matey. It was interesting to see the grave stone.
    I found a bit of gold last week. No sorry!!!, fools gold. It was a small iron pyrite nugget LOL.
    Thanks for posting Warren.
    John.

  40. [..YouTube..] Fantastic video Warren, as usual! You know, we have significant emerald fields here in the mountains of NC. I’m almost tempted to go out and do some digging for “the green stuff” instead of the silver and gold. Hmm… Good luck on your next adventure! -AJ

  41. [..YouTube..] another intuitive video , great finds mrs nq and 0.00001 g of gold is 0.00001 more than we get in uk , dorset 🙂 my garrett 2500gti arrives on tuesday i may need a tip or 2 as iv’e jumped from the garrett ace 250 can’t wait to see your next vid , take care 🙂

  42. [..YouTube..] another great video mate ,and very interesting to learn some of your history, what fantasic finds way out there, look forward to your next video, and good luck on tour next hunt ,want to see some gold ..best wishes
    pat

  43. [..YouTube..] OK – back from a short trip to Woolworth’s – Pepsi-Max on special..intermission over already? What a great contrast – NQ – working hard with the rocker and Mrs NQ finding all the goodies. How excellent that must have been finding those coins – the silver was incredible. Well done on all the relics too Mrs NQ. As you say NQ – just being out there – is the real highlight of the trip. In Hill End in ’86 – I only wish I could have found as much gold as you did in this video. Cheers -bring on Pt. 2.

  44. [..YouTube..] great vid as usual,and cant wait till the next warren.congrats on the silver shilling and the vic penny.mrs nq,and some nice items .the spoon has it got 5 hallmarks ,i found one a few weeks ago the same as the one you just found with JR=john rich 1765-1797 the fifth hallmark is a tax hallmary just after the american independence.1783 shortage of silver.so if its the same congrats on a nice antique silver.all the best to you and mrs nq.regards scorpio hh nt

  45. [..YouTube..] It’s great to see where a hot spot for gold is located. Great luck finding a vintage silver by the Mrs. My Mother always wanted me to move to Australia! lol.. She wanted me to get as far from her as possible! Great going guys! 🙂 Interesting video.

  46. [..YouTube..] Very cool video. My chances of getting to australia are very slim so watching your vids gives me the feeling of being there. Always enjoyable. Congrats on the tiny gold and to the misses for the great finds. Keep it up. Gl and HH on your next.

  47. [..YouTube..] i loved the idea of a intermission,will steal that idea for my longer videos.
    glad to see the AT Pro in action, still think you may want to try the 5x8dd coil on the machine, it is a great coil. cant wait for next part