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Post  ROCKDOC69 on Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:49 pm

Hi,
Anyone know if the Warrandyte fields gave up many nuggets and of any recent finds in the region?
Has anyone tried around the One Tree Hill mine and if so what was the distance into the mine?
Anyone tried around Alexandra?
Thanks for any comments, all part of the learning curve!
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Post  Guest on Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:08 pm

Check the below link out, towards the end has some very good information. Cheers

http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/44560/standrewsminingdivision.pdf

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Post  ROCKDOC69 on Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:36 pm

Very Happy Cheers
Have been out there and the access gates are all locked up-looks like I'm walking.
Lots of old costeans and deep exploration shafts along the ridges, I'll let you know how I go. Cool
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Post  shicer on Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:19 am

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Post  shicer on Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:39 am

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Post  Guest on Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:53 pm

Other than the existing mining lease, the ground is a no go zone!
I got asked to leave while detecting there with a SD2000 in 1995, basically three days before the reserve status came in for the land!
The original proposed managment plan was to allow prospecting, but the one they used did not allow it?
The existing lease took 16 years, heaps of red tape and $250,000 to get permission to mine, the original owner is now retired
and sold the lease about 3 or 4 years ago! The money spent was on legal challenges etc, rather than equipment, which came in at some other
high figure, even though some was built from scrap etc!
The fines for prospecting in there are quite substaintial! The whole local area is full of radical greenies, has been since the 1960s. Evil or Very Mad

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Post  Guest on Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:31 pm

ROCKDOC69,

My brother and I did some dredging with our 4" in Andersons Creek over thirty years ago.. What a Face

Possibly the only thing now would be a bit of panning in the Yarra...

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Post  shicer on Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:48 pm

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Post  Guest on Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:05 pm

shicer wrote:not even allowed to do that ararat you will increase the turbidity in the yarra Laughing

Ahhhhh those old full overflowing seepy septic tanks tongue

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Post  Guest on Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:23 pm

Interestingly, I saw an article in a Melbourne paper a couple of years back showing one of the employees from "The Miners Den" sluicing in Warrandyte and showcasing his finds for the camera.


I've been in one of the bigger mines in Warrandyte and in one place you have to exhale and pull yourself along on your belly to get through. A good test to determine if you're claustrophobic or not. This particular mine was very close to shops along the main drag and was driven directly into the side of a hill.

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Post  mariner3800 on Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:31 pm

One Tree Hill Mine,

Was up there last month, mine all locked up and not being used ( just walk up the right hand side above the entrance ) take a torch????

All deep mining around the area, I did some panning in the creeks and found a few specs, but not worth the effort

Good luck

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Post  ROCKDOC69 on Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:47 pm

cheers Your all champs-thanks for the advice, news and views!!
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Post  ROCKDOC69 on Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:27 pm

Started off at the end of the O'shea Track and headed down (along the ridge-NW) towards the gully draining out of the 'One tree Hill' mine. Followed alluvial deposits along creek bed about 500m then cut back up NW along a ridge (some exploration pits), heading up to the One Tree Hill Road, then followed track back down to the Mine(W).
Then headed along the contours (lots of open exploration holes/nice vuggy scattered ferrigenous QTZ , some costeans, some outcrops including QTZ) heading SW...Results:
12x bullets (.22-.303) and shell casings
belt buckle and ANZAC fork (has the rising sun emblem on the metal handle)
lots nails and iron wire.
misc iron bits pieces......and a partridge in a pear tree.....But no pretty gold...Golden triangle looking better every day cheers
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Post  mariner3800 on Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:27 pm

Hi ROCDOC69,

Do you live around the area?? I'm very close by and can share some other areas that might be worth a look

PM me if you would like to catch up for a chat

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Post  shicer on Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:15 am

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Post  shicer on Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:27 am

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Post  TheGoldenChild on Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:19 pm

really nice specimens shicer. Let's not forget when people talk about the Warrandyte goldfields they did expand all the way to Panton Hill and Christmas Hills, with Kangaroo Ground in between.
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Post  shicer on Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:28 pm

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Post  shelby23 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:50 pm

Hi
I have seen big mine shafts at Christmas Hills when I was young.
Now all fenced private grounds now.
Regards Neale

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Post  Rtanweb on Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:26 pm

Two things about Warrandyte everyone must know:

you not allowed to detect there, only pan in 2 designated spots

It is the one goldfield in Victoria where you are likely to get busted Smile Seriously, it is in a middle of a suburb, surrounded by tourist traps, pony rides, and locals who like to hike over detecting ground. In hundreds. Daily.

Which other goldfield can you name that has a talking box installed by the mines, that plays recordings of "Ye Oldy Mining Sounds" for ambience?

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Post  Guest on Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:38 pm

I visited Warrandyte many times in the seventies with my brother....We liked the area - heaps of old shafts and diggings which you could explore.

If we only had persevered with that Whites 5000D I could have been a old hand at detecting by now....

Found this in my old Map collection..

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Post  Guest on Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:07 pm

Rtanweb wrote:Two things about Warrandyte everyone must know:

you not allowed to detect there, only pan in 2 designated spots

It is the one goldfield in Victoria where you are likely to get busted Smile Seriously, it is in a middle of a suburb, surrounded by tourist traps, pony rides, and locals who like to hike over detecting ground. In hundreds. Daily.

Which other goldfield can you name that has a talking box installed by the mines, that plays recordings of "Ye Oldy Mining Sounds" for ambience?

LOL

Well said Rtanweb,
You saved me the trouble, i was going to post exactly that!
Over the years a number of people have got in to seroius trouble with the authorities for prospecting in no go zones.
I know of at least a dozen in the Warrandyte area over the last 10 years.This field is very close to me, i have bean involved
personally with trying to keep access to the mines and preserving the historic mine sites. Also made a submission on retaining
prospecting in the area. As posts on this forum are in plain view to the general public, we must promote prospecting within the
law!




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Post  24kt on Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:26 am

Hi

Seems panning is still allowed in the Anderson Creek

Gold panning in Warrandyte - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_f6SgkEPtA

ANDERSON'S CREEK & FOURTH HILL - http://users.tpg.com.au/tashmick/goldmines1.html

Correct me if I'm wrong

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Post  GoldTone on Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:13 pm

Hi all,

Don't forget to check this months (June) Gold, Gem and treasure mag, has a write up on warrandyte...

...and I think I read else where that the place was used as a weapons range affraid

If you LOVE digging junk, don't mind a huge fine, then go for it!!! cheers

Otherwise go pan in the creek if your really keen for a Warrandyte adventure.... Razz

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Post  HOBO'S Gold on Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:40 pm

Here is a video that someone done on Warrandyte
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Post  shifty on Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:27 am

Back in 2005 I worked in Melbourne with one of the partners of the One Tree Hill Mine and we went out there one weekend to go underground for a visit. Since lost contact with guy but sad to see reports here that they longer hold the lease. So much history down there and the guys were really passionate about the place.

We went into the mine through the main mine adit that I've seen in pics on the net into what was their current stoping area. Also went over to there crushing plant at another site which again was a real treasure of a place and shame to hear they are not using it or allowed to keep it going. I am all for preserving historical sites but don't see the harm in letting them stay operational as well.

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Post  toshtony on Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:47 am

Hi i'm new to prospecting and i've been using this site http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1process_details.cfm?activity=35 for places on where I can go prospecting. According to this site http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm it says I can go to warrandyte and prospect. Anyone have a better link than this one with accurate info. Luckily I got on to this forum, I could of ended up in warrandyte and copped a fine thinking I was doing nothing wrong.
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Post  shicer on Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:30 am

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Post  shicer on Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:35 am

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Post  Guest on Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:52 am

shicer wrote:So in my mind it is they that have spoilt this hobby for everyone else....long ago.

Hi shicer,

Back when I did dredging it wasn't illegal. The very very powerful Green lobby perceived it as environmentally damaging - they got into the Politicians so it was banned..

If you were to go to the places that were heavy dredged i.e The Goulburn/Big River you would most likely see no evidence of Ejector dredging today...

It wasn't the the blokes like me that spoilt it >>> was the Greens and so called Environmentalists

Warrandyte is a suburb of Melbourne - never will it be an area for the hobby prospector - not even if you want to take your kids for a pan in the Yarra..

How sad

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There is absolutely no no no no chance of Detecting at Warrandyte so just forget about this area.

The best thing is to grab the your detecting weapon of choice and head to the area North West of Melbourne called the Golden Triangle its not very far away and where you will not be bothered, be able to detect and find Gold to your hearts content LEGALLY

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