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Gold Prospecting / Fossicking

Kiwi Gold

Kiwi Gold

A Practical Guide to Finding Gold in New Zealand

By Michael Larsen

Gold 'fossiking' is an age-old tradition in New Zealand and an activity that has shaped New Zealand's history. A couple of recent gold finds in New Zealand and Australia have generated a renewed interest in gold panning and created a new generation of amateur gold enthusiasts to join the faithful who already enjoy the activity of fossiking for gold. There are over forty sites in New Zealand where one can pan for gold without a licence. Kiwi Gold focuses on these mini goldfields, describing in detail where they are, how to get to them and what to do when you get there. Contains detailed maps of both the sites and the picturesque tracks and paths that access them.

Looking for Gold

Looking for Gold

The Modern Prospector's Handbook Looking for Gold: The Modern Prospector's Handbook

By Bradford Angier

Learn to prospect with detailed instructions for mining lode gold and panning for placer gold deposits. Includes success stories; places to start; detailed line drawings showing how to build flames, rockers, dry washers, riffles and sluices; and how to stake your claim.

Gold! Gold!

Gold! Gold!

How and Where to Prospect for Gold

By Joseph F. Petralia

An unusually attractive handbook that introduces would-be gold prospecting hobbyists to a bit of gold fever history, basic information on types of deposits, and guidelines on looking for gold in stream bed's and in quartz veins. The author writes informally and engagingly on various techniques of prospecting...a sound buy. --The American Library Association Booklist

You Can Find Gold

You Can Find Gold

With a Metal Detector

By Charles Garrett, Roy Lagal, Hal Dawson

Complete information on using detectors to find gold nuggets, veins and ore with illustrated panning instructions.

The New Gold Panning is Easy

The New Gold Panning is Easy

By Roy Lagal, Charles Garrett

Field guide for the beginner that shows exactly how to find and pan gold. Color and B/W photos.

How to Mine and Prospect for Placer Gold

How to Mine and Prospect for Placer Gold

By J. M. West, U.S. Department of the Interior

Increased leisure time and increased interest in the out-of-doors is leading more and more families to experiment with placer mining of gold, and sometimes even to going on into small-scale production. This book supplies basic information on areas of occurrence, equipment needed, prospecting, sampling, mining, and regulations concerning the possession and sale of gold. Selected references are given for further study. Placer gold has tantalized many a person who has tried his luck and skill in the hope of striking it rich. Separating gold from embedded materials is basically simple, and can be done effectively on nearly any scale, depending upon the deposit and the capital available for investment. The final product is consistently in demand at a relatively stable price. Historically, however, one must be advised that rewards for the majority of small-scale miners-those who operate "on a shoestring"-have been depressingly small. First of all the placer miner must know where the placer deposits are located and he must have the technical knowledge to extract the gold. Additionally, he must face problems of land ownership, water supply, and water pollution, all of which have grown in complexity with the population. The costs of labor and equipment are relatively high now, although this may not seem significant to an individual mining a small deposit. Secondhand equipment may become available at relatively low cost because of a slowdown in construction or as surplus at the end of a war. By taking advantage of such opportunities, one can sometimes make an otherwise unprofitable operation successful, at least as long as the equipment holds up. To the novice or "weekend prospector," the morecomplex of placer mining may seem hard to comprehend. At any rate, the novice is often more interested in the recreational values offered by gold placering than in its profitability. Thus, the search for and discovery of even a small grain or nugget of gold is an achievement worth of considerable effort. As a start, the beginner may gain some benefit from visiting one of the many pan-for-a-fee tourist establishments typically found in gold-mining areas.

Goldfields History

Lost Gold

Lost Gold

The 100-year Search for the Gold Reef of Northwest Nelson

By Paul Bensemann

As a young man in the mid-1970s, Paul Bensemann was told an archetypal 'lost gold' story by his neighbour, a tobacco farmer in the Motueka Valley on the edge of what is now Kahurangi National Park. The story concerned an old prospector who had found a huge exposed gold reef, shining in the sun, deep in the mountain wilderness of Northwest Nelson. Just before he died, the prospector drew a map, and to Paul's amazement his neighbour then produced the old, tatty, hand-drawn map, which had been handed down to him from his father. Since that meeting Paul has spent over 30 years trying to unravel this untold story, linking many different characters and their often obsessive and always secretive efforts to find this very New Zealand treasure. The search for the reef was originally triggered by Government geologists who reported finding a huge reef in the 1880s. It has since been pursued by many different prospectors, from bushmen on the West Coast to F.G. Gibbs, a prominent early Nelson identity. Lost Gold follows the many twists and turns of this 105-year-old story, and tries to explain why the reef has never been rediscovered. But in the end, whether or not the reef exists is only part of the story, and perhaps the bigger treasure here is the real tale of men in pursuit of their own El Dorado.

Diggers, Hatters & Whores

Diggers, Hatters & Whores

The Story of the New Zealand Gold Rushes Diggers, Hatters, Whores: The Story of the New Zealand Gold Rushes

By Stevan Eldred-Grigg

A thorough and carefully researched history of the gold rushes in New Zealand and it establishes a benchmark for future work on the history of the gold rushes. It's based on sound scholarship and aimed at the wide and growing general readership of those keen to know more about, and to weigh up, the history of New Zealand. The style is clear, clean and lively. The scope is the social history of the goldfields of colonial New Zealand, from the 1850s to the 1870s. The book opens with a survey of worldwide rushes in the late eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth centuries, when for the first time in history a great wheeling movement of gold diggers began to revolve from continent to continent. The main body of the book looks at all the rushes, large and small, that took place in the colony: Coromandel, Golden Bay, Otago, Marlborough, the West Coast and Thames. The early chapters of the main body survey rushes chronologically; the later chapters look at rushes thematically. Beautifully illustrated with sketches and watercolours of the times - black and white - this is both a wonderful read and a beautiful gift book.

Castles of Gold

Castles of Gold

A History of New Zealand's West Coast Irish

By Lyndon Fraser

From the 1860s, the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island was the scene of two major goldfields, attracting hopefuls from all over the world. Suddenly, where there had been native bush and wide rivers, towns with 400 pubs and accommodation houses had appeared. Amongst the hopefuls were Irish miners, many of whom stayed on after the goldrushes as part of a community with its own distinctive character. This is the first academic study on the history of those Irish - where they came from, who they were, how many women came and what they did, how people sustained their family connections, what they believed - in the context of the history of the larger Irish diaspora. The author draws on private letters and oral histories as well as more conventional sources, and includes many individual migration and settlement stories.

The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush

The Fever That Forever Changed Australia

By David Hill

David Hill relates the extraordinary people and staggering events of Australia's great gold-rush years. From the mid- to late-1800s, people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life, including two future prime ministers of Great Britain and Australia, threw off their previous pursuits and made the often perilous journey to the goldfields, from where they would return either fabulously wealthy or demoralised and broken - if they returned at all. From the destitute to the eminent, the prospectors included such characters as Edward Hargraves, who won the race to find the first payable gold in New South Wales, Lola Montez, whose sensual 'Spider Dance' caused outrage and delight in equal measure, Lord Percy Douglas, the elder brother of Oscar Wilde's famed lover Bosie, who returned from Western Australia empty-handed, and Herbert Hoover, who managed the Sons of Gwalia mine in Western Australia at the age of 22. David Hill brings this monumental turning point in Australia's history brilliantly to life, using the diaries, journals, books, letters, official reports, parliamentary inquiries and newspaper articles of the time, along with his own skills as a master storyteller.

Heather's Gold

Heather's Gold

A Chronicle of a Pioneer Family in the Otago Goldfields

By Donald Offwood

An historically correct novel telling the Otago pioneer gold story. This historical novel continues from where Oatcakes to Otago finished; with the discovery of gold in Central Otago. Thousands of men and a few hardy women gave up what they were doing in California, Canton, Victoria and Dunedin and went into The Interior to make their fortune. While the McDonald family is imaginary, but representative of real characters in the true Otago story, nearly all the situations they encounter are historically correct. It is a story of the courage, perseverance and independance of the Otago pioneer character forged in the extreme conditions of climate and deprivation. The survivors of this struggle became our great-grand-parents, so that we could become New Zealanders. This is their story. Don Offwood is a direct descendant of the first settlers in Otago, and was born in Invercargill and lived for some years in Dunedin. His great grandfather was a gold miner. Donald is a retired Air New Zealand International captain who's previous book 'Oatcakes To Otago' tells the story of the Scottish emigration to Otago. It is in its third print.

Metal Detecting

Metal Detecting

Metal Detecting

An Essential Guide to Detecting Inland, on Beaches and Under Water

By John Clark

Since the appearance of the first commercially available metal detectors in the 1960s, the hobby of metal detecting has developed rapidly and, as the technology has improved, more and more people have become metal detectorists. This is not surprising since metal detecting is an enjoyable and exciting leisure-time pursuit that is accessible to almost everybody, regardless of age or fitness. Moreover, metal detecting need not be an expensive hobby and there is a wide range of metal detectors to suit almost every budget.

Metal Detecting - Learning How the Easy Way!

Metal Detecting - Learning How the Easy Way!

By Ronald J. Kamrowski

Ron Kamrowski has written this book to share the experiences of using a metal detector. Most writings of this nature deal with the workings of a metal detector, this work contains actual events to explain that there are literally millions of places to search. Untouched areas abound in the United States where history, although only dating a few centuries, can be discovered in your own backyard.

Metal Detecting Tips

Metal Detecting Tips

How to Metal Detect for Beginners

By David Cardwell

Learn How to Find the Best Metal Detector for Coin Shooting, Relic Hunting, Gold Prospecting, Beach Hunting, Treasure Hunting and More.

The New Successful Coin Hunting

The New Successful Coin Hunting

By Charles L. Garrett

Beginner or experienced, you will love this book! The New Successful Coin Hunting is a modern version of Garrett's previous book "Successful Coin Hunting". The New version gives you ideas where to hunt, how to hunt, dig, clean, and even how to choose the right metal detector! It even has information on the newer computerized detectors. This is the book you want to take out on the 'field' with you when you hunt. Happy hunting!