Mount Shadwell & Mortlake Fossicking Trip October 2013

Another successful field trip was arranged and participated with much enthusiasm to Mt Shadwell, Morlake for Peridot by members on the weekend of the 26-27 October. Our field trip officer Margaret put in a lot of due care, organisation and preparation for this field trip with emails out to all members to advise of the […]

Field Trip To Daylesford & Castlemaine

As one of the many fossicking trips planned throughout the year by our enthusiastic field trip officers (Gavin and Darryl), it was decided that the Daylesford and Castlemaine areas needed further exploration, with the help of a local geologist – Julian Hollis. More than twenty ELC members chose to attend and with the sun shining […]

Obtaining A Miner’s Right

Before you can prospect or fossick in Victoria, you must purchase a Victorian “Miner’s Right”. A Miner’s Right allows the holder to search for, and take possession of, any mineral located on many areas of public land, or, on private land with the landholder’s prior consent. Only basic non-powered hand tools (i.e. pick, shovel, sieve, […]

Marion’s & Suzanne’s Trip To Trentham

Marion and I decided that we’d take a fossicking trip to Trentham to go looking for sapphires and anything else we could get our hands on. We started with a visit to Marion’s relative’s place in the area, where they served up some delicious local bread and we admired their antiques and bric-a-brac. We also […]

Sovereign Hill – Gold Rush Of The 1860s

Moran and I recently had the pleasure of a weekender at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, Victoria. Ballarat is situated on the Tourist Gold Route (also known as Victoria’s ‘Golden Triangle’ from the gold rush days). The Sovereign Hill site is linked with the richest alluvial goldrush in the world, where people migrated to the diggings […]