After a couple of false starts and some help from Miguel I finally signed up.
I hope to attend the upcoming AGM at Luina.
I am originally from SA but bought a place near Cygnet about 7 years ago and now spend more time here.
Bought my first detector (a “Wildcat”) way back in 1982. I was working at Falls Creek in Victoria and used to pick up coins in summer that had fallen out of pockets on the ski slopes. I was the first person to try a detector there. I really cleaned up, because people had been skiing since after the War. Lots and lots of pre-decimals. My best find was a silver medal from the 1952 Winter Olympics. Later, I fell on hard times and sold the lot to a coin shop in Adelaide. Sometimes you do what you have to do.
Later, I took the detector to Finland when I worked there for a year. I found a Swedish 1 Ore coin from 1642 and a big copper ring with a horse-head on it. Probably from some wealthy person, I was told. Sadly, in my many worldly travels I lost these 2 pieces.
In 2002 I moved to Russia to live with my wife. Just down the end of our street was an ancient settlement from Byzantine times. I bought a new detector and tried my luck. My best finds were 2 Byzantine coins and a small copper figurine.
But in all my hours of detecting I have never found any gold. So I hope to change that here in Tasmania. I did have one try near the Whyte River a couple of years ago but no luck. I see it is now covered by an Exploration Lease.
I look forward to listening to experienced gold-seekers at the AGM.