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Australian WWII - Far North Queensland Metal detecting and recovery

Article about: Hi Blokes ~ I am posting this as an going blog for interested parties that have been following my fossicking of (extensive) WWII ~ Far North Qld Australia . This area has been described in r

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    Bakelite oiler could be for any number of weapons like SMGs, MGs, pistols etc-was a standard item (although originally for the rifle). It was introduced during WW2 to replace the brass version that was heavier and used a more valuable material for manufacture. The Bakelite version was also used post war for more modern types of weapons like the SLR, F1 SMG etc.

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    Cheers for the feedback there 'Lithgow' ~

    Of course if I stopped and thought about it I would have realised this fact regarding the OIler myself.. but have been focused on the entire package as several items have been further identified ~

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    The wing nut I am informed is a part of .50cal Browning ammo case. The brass strip piece is part of a Vickers MG feed !

    No feedback on the stripper clips (??)

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    FYI ~ the ammo case wing nuts



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    I have read from the beginning. I must commend you, Sir, on your excavations. I can only imagine the excitement of not knowing what may be found on a given day. Keep it up and keep us informed. nice work
    Octavian

    Looking to buy a Museum Quality, cased EK1. A stamped "7" would be awesome to find!

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    I have read from the beginning. I must commend you, Sir, on your excavations. I can only imagine the excitement of not knowing what may be found on a given day. Keep it up and keep us informed. nice work
    My pleasure mate ~ And I mean that literally ~

    In areas that are historically relevant to Australian WWII the finds seem to just keep coming~ but obviously there is a lot of research and fortunately not a lot of fails !

    Very rare for me to come home empty handed !

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    Hunt #229 ~

    Solo Hunt ~ decided to just do a mid week hunton a very old well worked site ~ same as the site as Nov 14 ~

    Been a bit of rain of late but it is into our Wet season now so to be expected ~ there is a degree of debate as to whether the rain actually enhances detection~ but seems to work for me anyway~

    I worked my way the exact same stretch that I did so well in several weeks back but blow me down nothing but alot of expended 303 shell cases and a lot of metal rubbish! (?)

    After smoko ~ I worked on and even further and again things worked out for me ~

    I was only saying I have not seen a lot of AUSTRALIA shoulder flashes of late ~ well made up ground ~


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    Thought I was on a winner but this was only the beginning ~

    Obviously found a tent site as the 3 Sq-metres just kept giving ~

    Turned into a good afternoon ~

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    The 'T' piece is a failed trench art piece ~ seems the Digger started and lost interest IMO ~ art work headed to nowhere (?)

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    Just luv those old Beer bottles ~

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    CORPORAL J. F. ARMSTRONG, 2 1 PIONEER BATTALION, (LEFT) INDICATING POSITIONS TO BE ATTACKED BY FLAMETHROWER OPERATOR PRIVATE R. J. CORDIN,


    The previous find ~ weird Trench art or just a pickle onion jab!?

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    Another hunt. (Saturday) ~ On site around 09.30 ~ another lazy start~

    Again very pleasant for early Summer ~ but high UV and temperature as the day wore on only releived by a shifting breeze which was a pleasant escape ~

    Early I dug a single LE 303 Barrel drop weight which vied well for the supposed camp site ~

    Dwayne again struck early with several Sunbaker .50 cal shell cases ~

    The finds soon came at a steady pace and certainly variety to say the least !

    I dug a modern blank. 7 mm. These I believe to be a 1967 production from Israel ~ Then there was a major military exercise in the area around 1969 ~

    Betting the 20 cent coin (1967) was dropped by one of the troops involved!

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    The Crucifix was an intriguing find ~ and someone kindly posted a related link on Dwayne's Face book!

    National Museums of Scotland - Crucifix and cross, attached to identity tag of Sergeant Joseph Kerr

    But in the end a productive day form both team players ~

    Dwayne's collection ~

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    My gathering...............

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    General Service Button UK ~ Further evidence of British troops also present in the camp/s (?) ~ (Unissued example for comparison.)

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    Luv these old beer bottles ~ " The property of Richmond Brewing NS "

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    KAIRI, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-10. MAJOR GENERAL E.J. MILFORD, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7 DIVISION, (1), ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL P.E. RHODEN, (2), INSPECTS C COMPANY, 2/14 INFANTRY BATTALION TROOPS DURING A REVIEW OF 21 INFANTRY BRIGADE




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    Saturday ~

    Up early ~ well a "Lazy Early " @ <06.30 hrs> ! The skies looked really ominous ~ typical of what has appeared each day for almost a week now ~ and now ~ the forecast is for a potential first Wet season Cyclone or at very least a monsoon low for Xmas period ~

    But anyway as I had finally made a meet up with good mate Terry it wa "game on" !

    We met up at 08.30 ~ transferred his kit t the new 'wheels' and headed off ~

    Weather was still " iffy" at best, but we plugged on, in an old favorite site ~ once again a mixed bag of units typical of the camps locally ~

    when we rigged up I wandered the 3 metres back to the "wheels" and to my utter surprise ~ I foudn signals right next the vehicle ~

    In short it took me over 1 1/2 hours to clear the area ~ ranged from buckles to coins ~ a lot of .30 US shell cases even down to toothpaste tubes ~ Obviously a tent site !!

    We managed a few hours before the skies opened up and poured on us as we moved sites ~

    But when we moved onto the second site we were aghast to find some Cretin had been there recently ~ and had left a large number of holes ~

    Wanker ~ bringing the MD and archaeology trade down in credibility ~ BUT ~ some poor justice as the Idiot had no degree of notable skills and i actually found some moderate relics right on his track as he had dragged his shovel behind him leaving an drag mark on some ground ~

    We called it a day around 15.00hrs ~ but not before we again were rained on ~

    No outstanding finds ~ although did find some cool small items ~


    The overall tally ~ the extreme left items were itsm Tery felt he had no shelf space for ~ He likes to have two of everything and the rest now goes to Stuart!

    Those include two AMF buttons ~ the top one is in very nice shape and not damaged ~

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    Several very tidy King George V pennies revealed them selves ~

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    These items it would seem are part of a SMLE Aperture sighting !!

    Lee-Enfield Rifle No.2 Mk.IV* and .22RF No.1 Mk.III

    Puts a whole new credence on the 'shot KG V Penny I found earlier this year ~

    The boot cleat is totally worn out.. seems this Digger did a LOT miles by foot ~ betting it walked Norht Africa/ Tobruk and Palestine ~

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    1941-01-23. TOBRUK - AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY DESCENDING UPON TOBRUK.


    Yes another beer bottle variant

    Northern Brewing Company

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    A river bank find ~ an amazing clear signal ~ dug < 30 cm hole > ~ for a Shower Rose !!

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    Good show!-can't think what weapon a 7mm blank would be for-was a common calibre for old export Mauser rifles but was obsolete by the mid 60s in our region.
    Also doesn't take all that long to wear out a pair of boots if you're active and wearing them all the time-one of the AIF divisions was marched across from Perth to Sydney as an exercise!

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    Lithgow

    A much more knowledgeable character who has worked this area for some 30 years, ( Our professional De-miner) , told me that these blanks were ( by head stamp) were made in Israel in 1967!

    And the Australian Military did a major exercise in <1969> ~ which also explains some of the .30 blank cartridge shells I have dug in the area ~ these particular cases were made in 1969 ( via Headstamp again ) ??

    I did wonder which wore out first ~ the cleat or the boots ~ LOL
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