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Forum Announcements & Rules / Christmas
« on: December 19, 2019, 09:19:46 AM »
AS it's a very busy period for myself and most likely, everyone else, I'd like to take the time to wish everyone on the ALF a very merry Christmas and a great New Year. My thoughts are with those that are in the fire affected areas, keep safe. The same with all that are baking in the mainland heat at the moment, remember to rest frequently, drink regularly and keep out of the direct sun, if at all possible. For those that are fossicking, don't forget it's supposed to be fun and I wish you all the luck in the world and may the fossicking gods shine on you!

Tell Us About Yourself / New Clubrooms
« on: May 31, 2019, 12:39:34 PM »
Hi all. For those that are travelling and would like to catch up with our club, the Burnie District Gemstone Club, I would like to advise that we are no longer at Highclere. We have secured a long term lease through the Burnie City Council on a building within the confines of the Wivenhoe trotting track. Entry is located on Smith St, Wivenhoe and as yet we do not have an official street number. Our sign will be going up in the next week although we have much work left to do to set up the new building. It's been a fairly hard 4 weeks of work to move, surprising how much rock a club can store! All contact details are still the same. Visitors are always welcome, even though there's not much to look at just yet. Give us a few weeks.

Gemstone Faceting / Facet design - 'Jubilee'
« on: November 08, 2016, 03:43:46 PM »
Hi all, one of the members of our club today asked if I could help her locate a facet design called Jubilee. It's an old one, apparently it appeared the February 1950, yes, that's 1950, edition of The Lapidary Journal. As our club only goes back to 1967, we don't actually have that edition. It apparently also appears in Faceting for Amateurs by Vargus, another older print. If any one could help I would appreciate it.


Trip Talk / Thanks to Murraylands Club
« on: August 01, 2016, 06:38:07 PM »
Just want to let everyone know how welcome I was made on my unexpected visit to Palmer SA and the Murraylands Gem and Mineral Club located there. SWMBO and I are travelling at the moment and were free camping at the Palmer Rec ground, when we noticed a building with bars on it. A couple of days later people started tuning up there and it turns out its the clubrooms of Murraylands Gem club.

What a lovely, welcoming bunch of people I met including Dughug, who was very helpful and generous with his time. Anyway just wanted to publicly thank them for their company and and the use of their shower!

They have a show type thing in May and we could well be that way next year.

By the way the free camping area is really quiet, has clean toilets and is located in a very old olive grove! Handy to the Adelaide hills and Mannum on the Murray River.

Trip Talk / Heading to Gemfest
« on: August 05, 2015, 04:48:40 PM »
I'm currently in Airlie Beach with my son's wedding out of the way. On Friday we head across to the gemfields to partake in Gemfest for three days. Just curious if anyone else is going to be there, would love to catch up for a cuppa (or otherwise).  Also looking to do some sort of 'tag along' tour as I know little of the area and wouldn't mind any recommendations.

By the way, I'm NOT missing the weather down south!

Fossicking Locations / Another fossicking area closed!
« on: April 27, 2015, 05:46:43 PM »
I called in at Norseman WA today and immediately went into the Tourist Info shop to get my fossicking permit for the private property just outside town, to be told that due to some stupid people (not my real terminology), the site is now closed to everyone.  Apparently the owner called in one day and found a number of people in there without permits and loading trailers, they were not tourists apparently.

There is still the public area on Hyden Rd, but it's well picked over. You can get directions from the Info Shop but it's actually about 10.5 kms out of town on Mort Haslett Dve (Hyden Rd) on the right.  It's marked with a sign.

Trip Talk / Tour de north
« on: October 25, 2013, 08:42:01 PM »
Hi all,

Just back from a quick trip around the eastern half of Victoria.  After the Great Day Trip to Powelltown that Calx didn't attend, my mate Les arrived on Monday evening.

We pulled up stumps on Tuesday morning and returned to Powelltown for the morning.  The not so secret hole that I commenced digging on Saturday was attacked again, with some minor results, but nothing to write home about.  No leeches either so more proof that they enjoy the taste of Yankees.  We moved on that afternoon to the Avon River at Stratford where we specked in the rain with some nice finds in the couple of hours we spent there. As the rain started to set in we continued onto Bairnsdale for the night, thinking 'it's mid week with nothing on, surely we won't need a booking'. 

After searching the town for 45 minutes with nothing but 'no vacancy' signs, we found a cabin at the local caravan park. Where we watched a very intense storm move over and drop a lot of rain and hail on us.

Wednesday was clearer and we pushed off to travel to Beechworth via Omeo.  As we travelled along we noticed we were being passed by heaps of BMW motorcycles.  Morning tea was at Omeo where we spoke to said motorcyclists who informed us that there were over 200 of them and they had stayed in Bairnsdale the previous night, hence the 'no vacancies'.  We were pleased to hear they were going to Bright that night and wouldn't  impinge on our intentions.  The weather quickly deteriorated as we climbed out of Omeo and was downright poor by the time we got to Mount Hotham, couldn't see more than 10 metres in the fog and rain and snow.  By the time we arrived in Beechworth it had cleared somewhat and after dropping our bags in the motel, went to scout some spots for our assault the next morning.

In the glorious morning sun we left Beechworth on Thursday morning and spent 2-3 hours in Reidy Creek (or is it Reeds Creek?).  This caused our rippling muscles to ache and sweat to roll off our bodies but didn't put anything in our specimen jars.  With a quick stop in Eldorado to check out the dredge, we sprinted down to Heathcote where, again the muscle thing happened but this time at least we got some nice black jasper from near Lady's Pass.  Note to self: next time bring a hammer and cold chisel, easier than smashing rocks on one another to get a manageable size!

We then returned to Benalla via Redesdale (yes I know they are in opposite directions) where we partook in a particularly nice Indian dinner and retired for the evening.

An early-ish start this morning saw us going through Tatong to the Toombullup area for a scratch around in Ryans Creek (again without success) but the 7 degree air temperature and the, what felt like -5 degree water temperature forced us back to the vehicle after an hour or so.  We then returned to our digs in Melbourne via Bonnie Doon and Yarra Glen.

We're off to check out a couple of stores in the area tomorrow to see what we can 'find' there, to make the trip more successful, and onto Warragul on Sunday for the rock swap.  About 1400 kms for a couple of handfuls of agate and some small quartz jelly beans!  All in all a great trip. 

Fossicking Locations / Tingha Sands fossicking
« on: September 30, 2013, 05:21:05 PM »
Hi to all you central NSW folk.  I may get up that way in the nearish future and have been trolling through ALF (as you do) looking for potential stops.  Tingha Sands is a bit of a stand out for me as I'm keen on getting some grass stone which sounds to be in abundance there.  Can anyone assist with details on access as it sounds like it's part of a commercial operation.  Any other locations for grass stone would be appreciated for consideration.

Thanks, Garry

PS I've just had a look on Google maps and there seems to be a lot of sand/gravel beds around Tingha itself, are they all commercial operations?

Trip Talk / Sunday fossicking
« on: July 14, 2013, 02:20:08 PM »
Just back from a local field trip to Penguin for some jasper and Calder for agate, successful if not soaking wet trip for all that attended, weather here is abysmal, but at least it's not freezing!


Gemstone Discussions / Tiger eye rough
« on: May 11, 2013, 09:26:54 PM »
Hi all,

I've recently been searching for some rough, preferably variegated, tigers eye.  I wouldn't mind some of the Marramamba stuff I've seen around.  Trouble is it seems that the bulk of the rough I've seen, be it from Australia, South Africa or elsewhere, is for sale from the USA with quite large delivery fee attached.  Does anyone know of some locally available that is of reasonable quality, I'm looking at cabbing some.

Thanks, Garry

General Discussion / Opal 'Mural'
« on: May 01, 2013, 06:15:48 PM »
Hi all,

Many years ago I took the family to an opal museum located just outside of Canberra, near the miniature village.  It contained a very large mural made from opal pieces.  The entire display was fantastic and on re-visiting some years later, the museum had disappeared and I haven't been able to locate where it went.  My wife and I intend to visit the area again this spring and I was wondering if anyone can tell me where it went (if anywhere).

Thanks, Garry

Tell Us About Yourself / Retirement
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:52:35 AM »
Just enjoying my last day as a Forensic crime scene examiner, looking forward to the next ? years, at the moment looking to my trip to Melbourne and catching up with all at Powelltown on the 20th.


Trip Talk / Kununurra WA
« on: August 09, 2012, 08:32:09 PM »
Hi all,

Just back from the Kimberley and can highly recommend to anyone passing through Kununurra, a vist to the Rock Doc's museum.  As previously mentioned by others on the forum, Jimmy can talk the handle of an iron pot, but he's a character and has a fantastic collection of locally collected agates and other gems.  Someof the agates he has are on par with those found at Agate Creek.  Due to time constraints he couldn't take me out but he assured me that 'most' of the river and creek beds in the area will produce agates, they proved elusive with the short time I had.

Bow River will be further investigated next time I'm through, it looked promising.


Tell Us About Yourself / New website for Burnie District Gem Club
« on: July 05, 2012, 11:55:15 AM »
Just thought I'd let everyone know that our club has a new website - still under construction but I think it's great.

The new clubrooms are on the main road down to the west coast from Burnie, we may pick up a bit of interest from passing traffic/tourists.


Gemstone Faceting / Faceting dark coloured smokey quartz
« on: June 05, 2012, 05:40:53 PM »
Hi all,

I have acquired a very nice piece of smokey quartz from the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland, the 'cairgorm stone' as the locals refer to it.  It is a very dark coffee colour and has no inclusions, however it is VERY dark and I'm somewhat concerned that when I facet it, it will still look black with no light return.  The piece is around 2 1/2 - 3 cms round (1 inch in old terms).

Can anyone help with advice or perhaps a shallow design with a very high light return.

My only other option, I think, would be to cut the single stone into two or three smaller ones, as the colour is so strong it would be OK to do something smaller.

Thanks in advance, Garry

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