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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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    Great finds again AT P, love the ID tag, exciting find.

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    Fossick #537


    (STOP the World we want to get off!)

    Well after following two elections ~ we decided we anted Time out ~

    So I headed out and M headed of to Town ~ Pleasant change in the weather with a high of 27 ~ but fairly brisk winds !


    I spent some 4 Hours working the area and feel that even in the worked and upper ground there is STILL relics to be had.

    With excellent results ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Top left ~ another crush 25 Pdr. #113 Smoke or contact fuze guard.

    Two thimbles crushed

    Lower centre ~ a Maker's marked fuel tank filler cap fro a primus style stove or lamp ~ " “Brisbane / Handy”

    The spark plug is logoed “Dynamic Leggetts”

    Lower right ~ ACP 45 W.R.A.CO ( Very clean)

    Lower ~ .22 Case with mid groove ~ ??

    Seven AMF buttons ~ all with loops

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Mid centre ~ ?? has embossing ~
    centre ~ centre section Collar Rising Sun section!
    Collar / Beret RS ~ clearly embossed ~ “General Plastics” (Sydney ) rare badge ~ (No pins)
    Major’s lapel badge ~ with both pins (??)

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian Twenty Five Pounder gun crew in training on Atherton tabelands Queensland 1944


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    I wonder what the plan was for the cropped collar? Maybe a backing for a sweetheart badge?

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    yes one does wonder what the plan was !

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

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    Misc Clean Up to Hunt #537

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Top left : Handi stove fuel tank cap ~ embossed : Handi / Brisbane

    Buckles ~ 303 projectile ~ 303 Blank cartridge ~ WRACC ACP 45 round ~ ( rare to find one intact and able to handl being cleaned they often fall apart.)

    Major's badge ~ first one I have cleaned up ~Rising Sun : General Plastics (Sydney ) rare find.

    Mystery item with embossing pattern at bottom ~

    Top right ~ another Gas Mask carry bag buckle~

    The Bung is a pearler and has extensive talk ~ "Made in Australia ~ Eyelets Pty Ldt Melbourne . " )

    (Obviously expanded their market to include 'liquid fuel pressure stoves' ~ as below !)


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Vintage "Handi" Portable stove

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Diggers on training exercise wit their Two Pounder Gun/s ~ Kairi Atherton Tablelands 1944.



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    Well after our water Heater died ~the Plumber asked us to clear out the (mini) workshop to access the Heater ~

    So we had a impromptu Spring clean ~. Then I decided to do a clean out of the 50-60 litre plastic storage bins ~ into three section including Relics and Md ~

    I found this ~ ( I recall finding it some time back but it had slipped thru the cleaning net or brushed aside by a busy schedule of Hunts ~LOL)



    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    With assist and confirmation we agree this local find is in fact a German Wehrmacht standard Button ~

    Hermann Aurich, Dresden.

    Would assume a souvenir by an Australian Digger~ bought back to Australia and discarded ~

    One more classic example of Never discard ANYTHING ~
    Until you Know for sure!


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941. AN AUSTRALIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER CHATTING WITH GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR, MEMBERS OF THE AFRIKA KORPS, IN THE P.O.W. CAGE NEAR EL ADEM AIRFIELD.

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    Another Mystery item identified ~


    Well Number three mystery time identified after the clean up - on going!

    Some Time ago I found a small hatch /lid. Originally I thought may have been a single cylinder tappet/ rocker cover from a Military vehicle engine.

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    But then during the Great Spring clean up I spotted where this came from ~ It is a Battery cover or support for a radio ~

    I have a damaged chassis found also several years ago ~ from one of the SCR-536 radios used during WWII by the US and Aust armies.

    I also realised I have at least one speaker from one of these as well ~

    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

    NORTH OF CAIRNS, QLD. 1944-08-24. WX9450 SERGEANT T.D. MAIN (1) OPERATING A SCR-536 WALKIE-TALKIE RADIO, WATCHED BY ONE OF THE UMPIRES, DURING THE 24TH INFANTRY BRIGADE INVASION EXERCISE.


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