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Post  Sharkbait on Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:43 pm

James Flett's "History of Gold Discovery in Victoria" becoming a bit of a rare item T10

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Post  Minermike on Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:14 pm

Try Cyaniding For Gold by Ian Idress . I have read the book , got it from the library , they had to get it from Wollongong . Must be under lock and key now , unless stolen ... $1,000 a copy ....
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Post  Kon61gold on Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:27 pm

So are some prospecting for gold books by R.Brough Smyth, Ion Idriess, De-Havilland etc,etc, but, they're only good for bringing one on, or directing one to, a known goldfield. What they fail to mention is the 5/6 generations of prospectors, who over the last 160 or so years, have (through certain methods of gold recovery/extraction), managed to change the surrounding landscape. Shocked Q35  
Still, its good to know we'll be somewhat heading in the right direction. Shocked  Q35

Cheers Kon. santa T25
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Post  Minermike on Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:37 pm

Cyaniding for gold was a great book in the 1930's ? for miners wanting to treat old tailngs dumps to make a living . That it why it is hard to find that book now .
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Post  Axtyr on Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:31 pm

Yep, got that book, as well as R. Brough Smythe's; "Goldefields and Mineral Districts of Victoria". The Brough Smythe's book is interesting except that it only has records up until 1868. It has an addition included on the latest discovery of the "Welcome Stranger" nugget. Very interesting maps of the early goldfields of Ballarat.

With the finding of that particular nugget it states that the new goldfield where it came from, should yield many more nuggets of similar size in the near future.

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Post  Minermike on Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:03 pm

I have Goldfields Reminiscences Castlemaines Golden Era . 1977 It is amazing the amount of gold the old timers got .
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Post  boobook on Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:16 pm

Not so much a book to hang onto, but Gold in the Blood...James Doughty is a very interesting story of a young Pommy coming to Australia to seek his fortune.
The photo's in the book, especially of early Wiluna, Nullagine, his family "bough shed" home there, his Tin Lizzie dry blower etc. are great insights to the early days in the WA gold fields.
Second thoughts......I am hanging on to my copy Laughing
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Post  Nightjar on Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:16 pm

Picked this one up at a garage sale years ago and after extensive searching could not find a value.
It is a first edition well used but intact.
Maybe one of the book gurus here may be able some info on rarity and value?

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Post  rockhunter62 on Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:19 pm

Hi Peter,

I like that page, I'll be going to see a mate on the weekend over in Waikiki.

Cheers

Doug
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Post  Alan WA on Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:48 pm

boobook wrote:Not so much a book to hang onto, but Gold in the Blood...James Doughty is a very interesting story of a young Pommy coming to Australia to seek his fortune.
The photo's in the book, especially of early Wiluna, Nullagine, his family "bough shed" home there, his Tin Lizzie dry blower etc. are great insights to the early days in the WA gold fields.
Second thoughts......I am hanging on to my copy Laughing
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I agree boobook. I had that book but it has disappeared somewhere during our travels.

I found an 80 nug where the photo was taken of him testing his dry blower.
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