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Title: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: MakkyBrown on August 27, 2015, 12:15:57 PM
http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/farnorth/2015/08/26/gems-stolen-mt-surprise/

Gems stolen, Mt Surprise  A/Senior Constable Aleda ROBBINS (http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/farnorth/author/farnorthaledarobbins/)  on Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:19am                   Police are investigating a break and enter at a private museum in Mt Surprise where six topaz crystals was stolen.
Initial investigations suggest unknown people have entered the business on Garland Street Mt Surprise through a back door and stolen six topaz crystals, sometime between August 10 and August 19.
The ‘Big Blue’ was the largest gem stone to be found on the Mt Surprise gem field and was discovered by Mrs Gadd in 1976.  She sold it to Mrs Wallace’s first husband and it became part of a private collection, along with the other five crystals stolen, which is still held by Mrs Wallace, who has been mining topaz, tin, sapphires and gold since 1978.
Mt Surprise is a small township about 200km south-west of Cairns and situated about 43km from Mt Surprise is O’Brien Creek.  This gem field is well-known for gem-quality topaz, attracting visitors from all over Australia and overseas.
Topaz is quite distinctive and easy to pick out.  It’s cold, heavy and translucent and some have a clear blue or yellow tint.  Topaz is a hydrous silicate of Aluminium and Fluorine, it often occurs in acid igneous rocks, such as granite, where crystals may occur in pegamites.  Mt Surprise is known for its clear or light blue topaz and you can also find smoky quartz, aquamarine, citrine and if you lucky you might even find a diamond.
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Lefty on August 27, 2015, 12:32:53 PM
Mongrels!

I think that might be the place that I bought a little bag of faceting topaz on my visit there when I failed to turn any up (ok,was only there a couple of hours for a quick stickybeak). They had quite a nice collection of stuff there. Shame about that.
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Jimnyjerry on August 27, 2015, 01:58:37 PM
In 2012 they were in the shop connected to the caravan park in the middle of Mt Surprise.
 
Here a couple of Wooffa's picture
(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/albums/FNQ_Trip_2012/Dir_1/thumb_main_3868.JPG) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3868)
 
(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/albums/FNQ_Trip_2012/Dir_1/thumb_main_3867.JPG) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3867)
 
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Crystaliz on August 27, 2015, 03:12:53 PM
That's terrible...I hope they get caught and the book thrown at them. 
 It would be good to have weights and better pictures so our forum and gem clubs can keep a look out for those stones.
I hate thieves.
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Jamo on August 27, 2015, 08:34:45 PM
Makky


Do you know if it was any of the stones in Wwoofa's pic that was stolen? Or are there any other pics out there of them? It would be good to get the word out there to try and prevent the thieves from unloading them ... and if possible, maybe their conscience may get the better of them and they return the stones. Here's hoping
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Jamo on August 27, 2015, 08:51:16 PM
Just found pics of the stones stolen. Please check out the following facebook link and get the word out.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/six-gems-stolen-mount-surprise-museum/6728048

Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Lapis Lupinus on August 27, 2015, 08:58:31 PM
That's not good to hear. Certainly don't want those thieves getting away with it. Will get word out about it.
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Jimnyjerry on August 27, 2015, 10:02:08 PM
On another facebook group a comment was made that in the last year Cloncurry museum as well as private collections in Mount Isa have also been hit.  >:(
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Aussie Sapphire on August 28, 2015, 07:46:36 AM
There was that big meteorite stolen last year from Atherton as well.


Sounds like a professional job.


Leah



Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Jimnyjerry on August 28, 2015, 11:32:04 AM
There was that big meteorite stolen last year from Atherton as well.


Sounds like a professional job.


Leah

That was in June this year
http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2015/06/08/stolen-meteorite-atherton/ (http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2015/06/08/stolen-meteorite-atherton/)
 
 :o
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Wwoofa on September 01, 2015, 02:28:28 PM
That is really bad news ... but I guess I'm not totally surprised.  The pieces really should have been in the Australian Museum or somewhere like that with more security.  I really hope they catch the thieves .... hopefully they will find the gems a bit hard to sell given how famous they are? 
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: havarim on September 01, 2015, 08:56:15 PM
they may now be sold somewhere overseas where no one knows where they came from

Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Jimnyjerry on September 01, 2015, 09:49:31 PM
they may now be sold somewhere overseas where no one knows where they came from
Sadly that maybe the case.
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: TrishWallace on September 15, 2015, 04:45:07 PM
Hi all, I am Trish Wallace from the Mount Surprise Caravan Park. The stolen topaz were on display in the roadhouse, if anybody sees these topaz please contact me at mtsurprisetourpark@bigpond.com or if you have any photographs please send them to me so I can pass onto the Police and post on other forums. The topaz stolen are listed below:
Big blue which is 3700 ct
1700 ct crystal topaz
Dark blue rough topaz
2 cut blues
2 cut white topaz
All in Wooffa's pictures. (thank you Wooffa)

Any information would be appreciated.
Trish
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Suzette Edge on September 15, 2015, 05:29:48 PM
Hi all, Trish Wallaces daughter here - we would appreciate approval for photos of the stones (including Wwoofa's) so as to use images for posters/reward.

Please advise if you approve for images to be made public.

Appreciate any help, cheers Suzette
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Jimnyjerry on September 15, 2015, 05:37:41 PM
Have sent Wwoofa an email. You should hear from him soon.
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Gemster on September 16, 2015, 12:11:04 AM
 >:(     >:(  Cut off their hands when they are found.. thieves that is...then they can't steal any more!!!
  Hopefully the stones are still in one piece and still in Aust..... :( I think you can still report such a theft(gemstones)to Customs directly with a police report.....correct me if im wrong tho..... Just a thought  8)


  Gemster......
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Crystaliz on September 16, 2015, 08:11:34 PM
That is a great idea...customs.   it is such a shame that this happened.
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Wwoofa on September 22, 2015, 04:03:20 PM
Hi Suzette,
Apologies for taking so long to reply ... I didn't notice your request.  You can certainly use any of the pics I took of the gems if it helps.  Good luck !
Regards, Paul
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: MakkyBrown on September 23, 2015, 10:04:09 AM
Hopefully the sizeable reward results in the thieves getting caught as it's probably more than they'd be able  to sell them for.
(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/7/medium_40910-230915090213.jpeg) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7625)
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: pc bowe on November 10, 2020, 09:07:56 PM
A bit of good news, the meteorite stolen from atherton has been recovered by the police.
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: Jimnyjerry on November 11, 2020, 07:28:00 AM
 :) Now to recover the rest.
Title: Re: Gems stolen, Mt Surprise
Post by: starsapphire78 on September 14, 2021, 09:07:23 PM
nothing but lowlife scum, to lazy, to find their , own. I hope they get the book and then some, thrown, at them