18. No fires are to be lit. What?

A.K.A. pointless prospecting rule of the week. This is one that has had me stumped for a while. Condition number 18 of the “Conditions Relating to Prospecting Licences” says: This condition has been discussed at PMAT meetings, and I am aware that PMAT has sent correspondence to the Director of Mines specifically addressing this issue…. Continue reading

Noteworthy areas under ERA in September 2017

Tasmanian prospectors have to ask for permission from any and all tenement holders that have an interest in the area they want to prospect in. Both I and PMAT, as well as others, have asked Mineral Resources Tasmania to change this and bring us more in line with Victoria, though there’s been no action yet…. Continue reading

Gold in Cygnet and Southern Tasmania

Most Tasmanian gold is found in either the northeast or the western part of the State. Gold in southern Tasmania is more elusive and harder to find than in the north-east and west of the State. The Cygnet goldfield was the main occurrence, but there were minor finds in other locations as well elsewhere in the Huon Valley.

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The Corinna Goldfields

Gold was known in the northwest of Tasmania since at least James (Philosopher) Smith’s discovery in the Forth Valley near the modern-day Lake Cethana dam. None of the workings were on a large scale. It wasn’t until Harry Middleton’s discovery in Corinna in 1879 that the gold rush to the Pieman kicked off. It would eventually lead to the largest gold nugget ever found in Tasmania. Much of the area is still accessible to gold fossickers today.

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