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Australian WWII - Far North Queensland Metal detecting and recovery

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    Fossick #479

    The second trip to the Military Rubbish dumps ~ Prior to this weeks spectacular Hunt.

    It was another early start and a vey Foggy Tablelands ~ after some storms this last 10 days ~

    The dump is pretty wide spread so I hooked in ~ but targets wee very scrappy and a lot ferrous rubbish~ in fact tee only thing I found was sorry tea spoon and four bottles ~ Two NSW beer bottles and two PMU sauce which I posed earlier make a nice "stubbie" serve !

    So after an hour I called Time out and decided to head back to another area I have fossicked many many times.

    But as the Soil was damp and the I have now set up my ideal settings on the Equinox I decided to give it ago as the new Detector has proven to be a profound detector !

    The result was inspiring and target s started up immediately ~ but I am having to dig deeper holes ~ and knowing this site was bulldozed post war I figured that would `in order ~


    Spent a another few hours hunting the spot with some cool results, calling it a day around 12:30 again ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    The bar is a rod Of Solder

    Two threePences ~ Both Melbourne Mint 1943 ~

    A 1909 Half Penny and a butchered 43 Penny and a 1943 Penny

    The large Brass piece is another tent structure support ~ And another shell case cut off ~ I reckon i could rebuild a shell case atthis rate ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    TRINITY BEACH, CAIRNS FAR NORTH QLD. 1944-10-12. GUN CREWS OF THE 2_5TH FIELD REGIMENT POSITIONING 25 POUNDER GUNS INTO THEIR POSITIONS ON THE DECK OF THE LANDING SHIP, TANK (LST) 743

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    Fossick #480 Solo

    A more relaxed start~ up at 06:00~ ready to go 07:30 ~ Looking across to the Tinaroo area a large low cloud was hanging on Tinaroo ~ Ouch Oh ~ Fog again !


    The plan was to see Robert who has returned from Melbourne ~ to go check our the northern zones ~But after I arrived ayt his place Ifind Robert is off colour and seems to have picked up a Virus in Melbourne!


    No problems another Solo ~ Rigged up and set out ~


    I spent some two hours before I broke for Smoko ~ and then pressed on ~ At one point I gto a great signal in a small depression ~ and in these sites even after all this time this would suggest it was a dump ole back inthe Day ~



    It had collected a bit of water after the rain and I dug after several attempts The signal vanised ~ So as i do often I walk away allwo the processor to reset itself and return ~ As the spade was covered in damp sticky clay I walked to a fallen old dead tree limb and banged the clay ~ and as i also do I scan the detritus just to be sure and Bam ~ a Signal below the limb ~ same ~ I scrap the clay away and there isa Rising Sun (Small) ~


    I return to the hole ~ still no signal sio I can only assume the badge had stuck the spade ~ Or was it already laying in the dirt!?


    Is that deemed a "Near Miss" ?


    Additionally as i have tweaked the Equinox to my preferred setting I am digging deeper hoels and now what is hapending I am finding more webbing buckles with Webbing still intact after < 75> years ~ amazing really ~ but only inthe deeper holes~

    As I had lost time I wanted to press on ~ and beyond the Rising temps ~ and as it rained several days earlier ~ The Humidity was making tough Going.

    I was burnt out by 13:00 ~ and begrudgingly called it a day ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    One Hell of a View ~ and suggestion a brush fire burning soem where ~


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Tell tale tale concrete slabs and broke residue ~


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Smoko ~ Shady tree and a pot of Black tea with eucalyptus ~ and tucker ~ perfect World ~ The Bandanna is ideal for keeping the Pesky biting March Flies at bay ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    The Rising Sun after clean up~ amazing ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

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    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    KIMALO, FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-05. NO. 1 GUN PIT, D TROOPS, NO. 10 BATTERY, 2_5 FIELD REGIMENT ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARMY,


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    Fossick #482 ~

    Friday ~ The temperatures have dropped dramatically and after a lazy rise and watching a News item Merete taped for my benefit over night ~ I decided "HELL~ I am off for a Hunt!" ~

    It was 10:30 before I switched the Detector on ~ I started by looking for the Mythical Chinese coins ~ all i found was more Bren Gun cartridges. So moved on to the Dump~ And again i was sceptical about site believing that I had drained the e best of last Monday ~ But once again i was Oh SO Wrong!

    In fact the signals were even more numerous ~ a Lot of detritus and ferrous signals ~

    The wind was an issue as I forgot my headphones in the rush h to get going ~ and the Noktar ha PP has a filthy volume levels so that slowed proceedings right off the Bat!

    Thankfully eventually the Wind dropped off to a tenable level ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    A real combination of relics ~ including a Sun Baker (Large) Rising Sun ~ a pressure gun of sorts ~ a 25 Pdr. Shell Impact Fuze guard which I have been on the watch for a very long time ~ intact ~ not flattened which is so common ~

    Called game around 15:30 ~ another fabulous day ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    DANBULLA, ATHERTON TABLELAND, QUEENSLAND. 1945-04-17. PRIVATE H.V. FLANIGAN (1) OF 2/27 INFANTRY BATTALION AT THE READY POSITION AWAITING ORDER TO FIRE, DURING FLAME WARFARE EXERCISES CONDUCTED BY HEADQUARTERS 7 DIVISION.


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    Fossick #483


    The Xmas Special ~ DeJa Vue!


    Xmas Eve 2017 I found the Scottish Cameroonian Rifles badge ~ Unheard of in Australia ~ but ( now ~ today !)

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Woke up real early again at Sparrow burp~ and decided “Stuff it i am off !”

    Out before the traffic and any hassles ~

    I rang homebase and M tells me it was raining but not here ~
    Started out slowly ~


    A lot of mixed signals but nothing of value ~ but I stuck to a plan ~ and kept going ~



    Again the Temps spiralled up wayward and the wind picked ~ so i called it a day ~ well pleased iwth my results yet again

    Not sure that this site is going to deliver much more as i did have to work hard !

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery
    The rectangular piece is a St Christopher medallion but they are always made of Aluminium and that struggles with the elements ~



    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    I have Never seen the Button before ~ and it was a "Sunbaker " that is ~ laying on the ground ~




    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery




    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Digger History; (ANZAC) Australia & NZ at War, a history




    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    BOIKEN, NEW GUINEA, 18th July 1945. Australian Diggers OF 2_2 FIELD REGIMENT ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY USING A 155MM M1 LONG TOM TO FIRE ON A JAPANESE POSITION 14,600 YARDS AWAY.


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Tobruk, libya. 1941-09-18. a close up of men of the 2_28th australian infantry battalion, acting as gunners, with men of the 104th royal horse artillery, loading a captured italian 149mm field gun.

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    And a very Merry Xmas to one and all, especially the Bloke with the Spade!

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    Cheers mate ~ best regards to all followers of my Blog ~ and of course ~ Folks all round ~

    Yes ~
    especially the Bloke with the Spade!

    Funny you say that i have two spades one narrow and the second a home built special ~ it is a Pearler ~ broader blade ~ and effective in water especially ~

    And lifting a broad spade into the bottom with mud and stones and endeavouring to lift with out losing ANY of the load is quite a process !

    But HEY! ~ good for back strengthening ~ right !?

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    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery



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    Fossick #484

    A Team-Hunt.

    Forecast rain and more rain ! Chance of thunder storms ~

    Met up with DM and headed around 07:30



    Headed to the Dump site ~ gain now having to work hard for the relics ~ DM wandered out of the area and more into the Camps and did very well with cluster of Small silvers.


    We were shadowed by Interlopers ~ I think they had been there as several Beer bottles were gone ~ but why blokes you don't claim jump at 10:00 in the morning ! LOL

    As I said to Dwayne we best make sure there is nothing left ~


    But I picked up three HBT US "Burst of Victory " 13 Star US Army buttons ~

    I dwelled in the Trash site all the period of the hunt ~

    Midday it poured and I was drenched ~but hey no problems ~ soon dried out ~ but we called it a day and headed back as the rain continued over the site area ~ as wide ribbon if cloud ~determined to drive us out !

    Still two more days to make this one of the BEST EVER months in variety of relics. ( A florin or two would round it out nicely ~ NAH!! One of those Gold Sovereigns ~!! )

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    DM's finds ~he felt he stuck with Crumbs ~ I think he was hoping for a Military badge/s too ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    I did some research and found out a little more and the Marines ~ the US Army and Navy had different variances of these buttons~

    These would appear to be US Army ~ No such luck that they are US Marines ~

    ( I think they were mostly based down The Brisbane team's way ~ and Melbourne! I believe they were based on the Melbourne Cricket stadium just on the edge of the CBD !)

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian Diggers training exercises at Mt Garnet with US 503 rd Paras ~ 1942.

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery




    The 503 Rd parachute regt. was based at Gordonvale ~ Terry and I worked the farm several times but found very little as it is a Cane farm and cane farmers~ level the paddocks each cane season and push the tops levels into the near by Creeks ~

    BUT the 503Rd Paras did train on the Tablelands and they regularly did training drops onto the Tablelands ~ we even know the Paddocks they parachuted into at Tinaroo. They would drop their kit of on a specific farm and then force march all the back down the Gillies Mountain to Home base about 35 kilometres ~


    I have already had several comments that these wire supplied to the Australians with pants and kit ~ or the Diggers traded them or even pinched them ~( After all the Australian Digger was renowned for collecting Souvenirs !)

    All starting to sound like De Ja Vue ~ and My ~ the story of the Great Britain General Service buttons I / we have found ~

    But I proven the case that were in fact 52 plus 5 Indians British Officers Embedded with the Aust 9th divisions ~ I even found a grave marker for a British Officer who "died" in the fight again the Japanese in New Guinea, and is buried at the Australind War grave cemetery at Port Moresby.


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Thirty two british awaiting Embarkation ~ probably back to India and Burma ~ at Townsville QLD after being embedded with the Aust 9 Th Division based on the Atherton tablelands 1944


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    SHAGGY RIDGE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-01-10.

    7308 CAPTAIN H. HOOK, ROYAL DECCAN HORSE (1)

    CAPTAIN A.J.C. STANTON, 14/20TH KINGS HUSSARS (2)

    TWO ENGLISH OFFICERS SERVING WITH "C" COMPANY, 2/9TH INFANTRY BATTALION, PICTURED ON THE TOP OF SHAGGY RIDGE, THEY BELONG TO A PARTY OF 50 BRITISH OFFICERS FROM INDIA WHO ARE ATTACHED TO AUSTRALIAN UNITS IN FORWARD AREAS TO GAIN EXPERIENCE OF JUNGLE FIGHTING IN NEW GUINEA.



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    Here an example ~ effects of patina and soil debnegrations of relics ~ as [art of a conversation related to cleaning of relics and the suggestion that patina and PH levels are obviously bit issue


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    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    The Good and the Ugly ~

    The both of them same site ~ in the same cleaning batch ~ Despite The AMF button is damaged but the corrosion is horrendous!

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    Is this the BEST four weeks I have put in ~

    Four weeks in December ~ and three days to go ~


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    And another Hunt planned before the 1st Jan 2020

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