Any gold around Cloncurry??????

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 16:06
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HI all

I have researched this subject and have drawn a blank to date. Some old threads have some info and I can't as yet access the national Library maps.

any hints as to areas for metal detecting or alluvial

Hoping some one has some hints as we'll be there next week.

Cheers Baz
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Reply By: john&thejayco - Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 16:16

Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 16:16
G'day Barry,
try a website called "the Aussie Gold Prospector" it says there was gold found near Cloncurry, it doesn't say much more about that area.But it has more links that may be helpful. Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Reply By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 18:19

Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 18:19
G,Baz , There are quite a few mines around Cloncurry. Look for a book called"Angor to Zillmanton" by Colin Hooper. This lists all mines in Nth Qld along with maps and Bearings. Its a good read, I use it all the time in my travels around the north.
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Follow Up By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 19:42

Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 19:42
G'day Baz, Just looking it up I steered you wrong about the Curry. Mostly cooper, coal and urnaium.
Gold site are as follow; Agate, 21deg 21min S 140deg 20min E
Bower Bird; 20 d 06min S 139 d 42 min E
Fishers Creek; 20 42 S 140 42 E
May Downes; 20 44 S 139 20 E
Soldiers Gap; 20 58 S 140 44 E
Tick Hill; 21 00 S 140 30 E
Top Camp; 21 00 S 140 30 E
Cassidys Nine Mile Well ; 20 47 S 140 24 E


Hope this helps, Damien.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 14:59

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 14:59
Hi Damien,

Talking about old mine areas in Qld - Irvingbank is an interesting spot.

"Angor to Zillmanton" by Colin Hooper - that sounds like a good book to get hold of. I will try to find a copy. I had a look on Google at all the co-ords you gave. I found evidence of mining at two of them - but the Google photos are not good quality.

I am off detecting to the Kalgoorlie and Laverton areas in WA next week.

Cheers,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 15:11

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 15:11
Damien,
I found the website and ordered a copy. Thanks for that info.
Willie.
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 15:30

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 15:30
Had a look at your Blog Willie.Bit disappointed. No yellow on there. :)
Dave. SA.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 16:41

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 16:41
G'day Dave,

I have been a bit slack with my blog and not brought it up to date.

I have been over to WA detecting each winter (65 nuggets last year) for the last four years and I have been up to Tibooburra a couple of times. I also do four day trips to Hill End, if it's not too hot.

What's the detecting like in SA ? Do you wave the wand there ?

Willie
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Follow Up By: Tadooch - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 17:15

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 17:15
Hi Damien,

Any history of the gold mining in Croydon in that book???

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 18:12

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 18:12
G'day Luke, Croydon is another of the good golld areas in the north. Some of the others are Geogetown, Kidston, Robin Hood, McDonald town, The Hodgkinson, The Palmer and Ebagoolah.
Truly a great book for those interested in any type of old mining areas in the North.
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Follow Up By: Tadooch - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 19:56

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 19:56
Thanks Damien,

I'll have to get one of those books. Do you have any other references or books of interest on those early days in FNQ??? I'm starting to get into the family history in Australia which is Winton, Cloncurry, Normanton, Croydon & Cairns.

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Follow Up By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 20:30

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 20:30
G'day Tadooch, There are a lot of books on the History of Nth Qld.
Go to Project Gutenburg Australia, They have a lot on Australian History you can download free. At the moment I am Reading Northern Most Australia by Robert Logan Jack.
Send me an email ad and I will send a list of most of the ones I have.
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 21:34

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 21:34
G'day Willie. Don't do much in SA. Spend 5/6 months each year in the West around Lav/Leon/Kal. Getting a lot harder to find now but it makes for a good holiday.
Cheers,Dave.
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry (NT) - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 09:45

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 09:45
Thanks Damien

looked at these and exactly what I'm looking for,,,

spoke to an old resident from years ago and they found gold around these areas, but we'll have to look a bit as memories are faded

thanks again
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Reply By: Member - Barry (NT) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 16:15

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 16:15
Thanks for the info guys I'll track this down as we go

cheers Baz

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Reply By: Tadooch - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 17:10

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 17:10
Baz my great grandfather mined copper in Cloncurry from 1877 until 1885 when gold was discovered in Croydon...there was no Gold in Cloncurry.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 11:19

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 11:19
The Ernest Henry (Copper / Gold mine) at Cloncurry produces gold/copper..around 130,000 ounces of gold and 100,000 tons of copper..

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Follow Up By: Tadooch - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 18:33

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 18:33
Well Landy, looks like I should have googled.

Letters from my ancestor mention moving to Croydon for gold as none in Cloncurry. Possibly not discovered or little worthwhile found for methods in those days.

Do you know when gold was first discovered in the region?. Earliest I've found is 1908... I hope to get better info from that book recommended by Damien.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 19:14

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 19:14
Hi Tadooch

Not sure, however I suspect it goes back sometime. I was involved with hedging the gold bein g produced at the Ernest Henry Mine and was how I knew about it.

But I must say I've always enjoyed viisting Croydon and region, fascinating place, and will be up that way in July...

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Tadooch - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 19:56

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 19:56
Hi again Landy,

I'm hoping to spend long service in 2012 to discover more about the ancestors so Winton, Cloncurry, Normanton, Kuranda, Croydon, Herberton, Cairns, Ingham and Townsville are on the agenda...I need to get back into the research.

A cousin has told me there is a plaque somewhere on the Croydon Tourist trail which carries our ancestors name...looking forward to that.

cheers.
p.s. nice rig! Lots of old landy history in my family.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 22:12

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 22:12
Tadooch

See if you can get hold of the following book. Great read, and if you can't get a copy drop me an email and I'll send you my copy. Full of great photos from the early days, places I'm sure your Great Grandfather would be familiar with.

Croydon Gold, by Glenville Pike
Published by Pinevale Publications ISBN 0 9593783 3 2

The book was commissioned by the Croydon Shire Council and I purchased a copy from the tourism information centre in Croydon.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Tadooch - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:32

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:32
Good on ya Landy.

Google returned heaps of results so I should be able to find a copy.

Thanks heaps...another reminder of why I like this forum!

Cheers.
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