Metal Detecting: ‘The Redcoat’s Camp’ 1864

We visit the site of a Colonial garrison fort in Northern Australia manned by a detachment of British Royal Marines Light Infantry from 1864 until 1867. Saddle brass, horse buckles, 19th century ammunition and a lovely Victorian-era costume brooch feature in the hunt. We hope you enjoy a little of the history of the site and our day out in glorious tropical North Queensland! Thanks for watching and please visit our blog


30 thoughts on “Metal Detecting: ‘The Redcoat’s Camp’ 1864

  1. Thanks for your great comment 805DigDug, much appreciated mate. We love the ACE machines too and they have served us faithfully for many years now. Best wishes and HH mate!

  2. I love using the ace 250! and awesome finds ill be subbing love the editing and wow those bottles are awesome i would have taken at least one home and nice shells! Great finds and awesome interesting finds!

  3. Thanks for your great comment Max, yes you are right, the most out-of-the way places have to be reached sometimes to come up with the finds – but the up side is that research can lead you to be the first in with a detector. Will be making a return to that site as soon as possible, and yes, some bottle digging would be worth the effort! HH mate!

  4. Thanks for your great comment GFdigger – and thanks for the info – when I found it I commented it was an artist’s pallete and then went on to say there were some spears through it – obviously brushes LOL. Yes this was an enjoyable hunt, and as sites as early as the 1860s are rare up here (unlike Victoria), it was the chance to find some older relics. HH mate!

  5. great spin – great place to return to soon.
    why is it all kewl things we want to find are always in the worst places ever.
    nice bottle location also – might need more investigation – maybe better bottles deeper.
    you do great research also.
    good luck and hope to see you soon someplace

  6. Hi NQexp. Ozzie Pete’s right, the stick with a knob on the brooch is a mahlstick for steadying the painters hand and the other pointy things are brushes and the coloured stones would have been the dobs of paint. Luv the Enfields, horse brass and latch cover as they’re the vintage of relics I dig up in Central Vic. What great finds and congrats. Cheers GFdiggger.

  7. Thanks for your great comment Madisonic, much appreciated mate, will be uploading new videos on a more regular basis now. Best wishes and HH!

  8. mate they just keep getting better and better!! Awesome vid awesome place to hunt and brilliant history…love it! Bet it was hard to have to leave the place!! MORE PLEASE 🙂 and best of the kiwi luck to ya!

  9. Thanks for your great comment Dogahog, yes that is a great spot, and you are right, would be a lot easier to detect (and see) if it wasn’t so overgrown – although, as I said -“no fun if it’s easy” LOL. HH mate, hope you are getting some detecting time in!

  10. Fantastic vid. I was on the edge of my seat. Such history, how great it would be to find a complete bottle from that era. Would have been great if the vegetation was a little lighter too. Hope you get the chance to return there again. Keep up the great work it is appreciated.

  11. Thanks for your comment John – the countryside is a bit of a contrast to the picturesque green fields of England where we see you hunting LOL. And the brooch was a real thrill right at the end. Best wishes mate and HH!

  12. Thanks for your great comment and help on the Victorian Artist’s Brooch – you are absolutely right – what I called ‘spears’ are brushes (duh) – and I have been informed the other longer knobbed jobby is called a ‘maulstick’ – for resting your hand while painting as you pointed out. Hope the back is recovering mate – best of luck and HH!

  13. Thanks for your great comment Digginrings and I think you are right that most of the bottles were broken by the Redcoats themselves – would have been some sort of entertainment to relieve the boredom by slinging the rub bottles over the cliff LOL. Best wishes mate and HH!

  14. Thanks for watching Billy – the bottle dump that you saw – was almost impossible to investigate properly due to the tangling and prickly vine scrub in the rainforest – spent more time upside down than right way up LOL – was worried I was going to end up falling on all the broken glass. It would be a machete job before the rake came into action – but there would have to be ONE keeper in there! Always carry snake bandage and first aid in the pack on those sites. HH mate!

  15. Thanks for your great comment Willo, it was an enjoyable hunt and a beautiful spot, but very difficult to hunt – spent a lot of time upside down and tripping over the tangles of vines in the rainforest LOL – but still managed to luck a few nice ‘keepers’. Hope you are getting out and about often mate – HH!