Gold! Traditional Gold Cradle – Build Your Own!

This video is an update to one of our original NQ Explorers videos where we demonstrated the use of an 1850s pattern gold cradle or rocker box. The video is in three parts, feel free to jump to the part that interests you the most at the following timestamps (or just watch it all to get the full cradling experience!):

0.00 – Introduction. 0:47 – Part 1: History of the Gold Cradle in Australia. 3:06 – Part 2: Build Your Own – the Anatomy of a Gold Cradle. 14:33 – Part 3: Field Trip! Cradling for Gold the Old Timer’s Way. 27:34 – The Cleanup.

Gold Cradle Plans:

5.11 Outdoor Apparel and Survival Equipment by Outdoor Tactical, Brisbane.


River Silver – The Cable Ferry Crossing.

This brief sortie is to the site of a late 19th Century Cable Ferry. Finds tend to date back to the early 20th Century and the single coin from the 1960s just prior to the Ferryman’s house being removed. The ‘western bank’ is yet to be explored in a future video, but we thought you may enjoy a brief look around what was once a very busy site and has the potential for much earlier finds. Due to heavy iron infestation, in this video we are using small searchcoils – the trusty Garrett AT Pro with a NEL ‘Snake’, and an AT Max with a 5 x 8″ DD coil. Thanks for watching and subscribing! Warren and Colleen.


The ‘New’ WW2 Camp – Digger Relics, Hard Ground & Angry Ants!

This is our first sortie into a ‘new’ WW2 camp area since the initial reconnaissance of a few weeks back – no sensational finds but everyday items such as medical tubes abound. Lots of live digs with regular ant attacks will hopefully keep you entertained until we explore deeper into the bushland in upcoming episodes. Happy Fossicking! Colleen and Warren.


Great Depression Relics: 1920s Australian Shantytown.

In this video we return to a site where we have made some great finds in the past – a Great Depression Era Shantytown or ‘Bagtown’ situated in what is now a very picturesque slice of Aussie bush. Finds reflect the humble lifestyle that families lived out during those difficult times in our nation’s history. Thanks for watching and subscribing! Warren and Colleen.