Gold in them thar hills?
I HAVE done a lot of metal detecting over the years in the Toodyay and Bolgart areas, looking for gold because my grandfather Edwin James Waters had found a few good rocks containing some gold when I was a small child.Read more
I took some rocks I found in 1962 to the Mines Department in Perth to have them tested and found there was a trace of gold in all of them.
They told me that it was quite good quality gold and I should find the seam containing this.
I sent my son Rhys to try and find some and he also found a few specks in some rocks but still could not find a seam.
The best he did was finding Mrs George Cook’s flat iron, a very old penny and a brooch of hers.
She was from the Dewars Pool area and was the daughter of Susan Price Waters, who was married to David Rumble.
The flat iron had been given as a wedding present to their daughter Maud in the later part of the 1800s.
My cousin Bob Waters told me that Mr Cook had to have his clothes ironed, even when working in the fields.
My son Rhys walked all over the bush west of Toodyay and still could not find the seam.
The nicest thing I found in the Jumperdine area was a beautiful orange quartz crystal.
I have found some nice six-sided clear crystals in the Toodyay area.
I am too old to look for gold now but the seam has to be here some-place.
Maybe they will find it if bauxite mining goes ahead.