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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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    LOL

    Yes "Body line" ~ what a contentious issue ~ and I am not even a cricket fan and even I know about the Bodyline ~

    Might have to explain what a cricket stump is to our foreign friends!
    That is why I included the image of the wickets ~ but per haps you are right ~

    Wicket - Wikipedia

    Seems the US forces in Australian were happy to play Base ball and not bothered to much with Cricket ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    Dead keen to get back on site but we are being inundated with monsoonal rain ~ we have had approx 650mm up to this mooring and it is still coming down ~ Highway South is closed due to flooding with no chance of opening for some time ~






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    Here is a tribute that my partner created and I think applies most of us here in the War relics ~

    We are ALL Time Travellers ~

    She wrote ~

    This is what Stuart does, he's a Time Traveller finding all the memories in his metal detecting. xx
    " Metal " Detectorists our Epilogue - YouTube


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    Hey Blokes ~

    FINALLY ~ finally got out for a scratch about today and had a good result ~ Report pending!

    But found this early ~

    Rob and I have not seen this one before ~ Is it associated with Bren Gun or even BAR sling ??

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery
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    Apparently as seen here ~ attaching t the waist webbing belt ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    "the buckle for the Pattern 08 Brace Attachments.

    They were worn on the belt and used to attach the suspenders to the front of the belt when Cartridge pouches weren't worn, such as officers and enlisted men issued with a pistol." Crt: Ben Simons (Aust)

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    Due to the lack of local factories able to weave P37 equipment (same in 1914 for P08 stuff!), P08 was used well into WW2 here along with leather P37 equivalents.

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    Thanks Mate

    I had th eimpression this was legacy of WWI ~ Never seen one before ~

    Had a good day yesterday with some excellent finds ~ Do a report today ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

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    Early start weather looked definitely bleak so waited for a few Hours ~

    Took a plunge around 10:00 and headed off As soon as I left the clouds began to part and eventually sunshine by the time I geared up and headed off ~

    A bit of a Hike ~ over Hill and dale ~

    I spent some four Hours working the area with some good results~ Typical Camp site structured on the side of a gentle slope ~ all about good wet regions drainage.

    Plenty o Bottles of various sizes ~ including a bottle which I thought was a Malanda milk bottle but it is a heavily embossed Australian Pickle company.

    The range of signals was impressive for high tones to mid and low ranges ~ a real assortment ~

    After several breaks I eventually called it a day around 14:15 ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Fortunately easy digging apart form a few rocks ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Remains of a Gas Mask ~ filter ~ unfortunately too far gone ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    The side of the Hill was starting to look like a battle ground with extensive holes ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Finally a complete and intact Water canteen ~ made of pressed steel they are prone to deterioration after 80 years ~ Will se if the snake oil can clean it up with destroying it ~ and restoration~

    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

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    The Rising Sun has had the face completely polished flat !

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Half loop: part of a Duffle bag Lock.

    Round piece isan Oil seal ~ Knife handle `~

    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

    Once again as seen before this Unit was listed as a resident of this camp site ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Stunning ~ these ammo pouch studs must have been issued as they are IMACULATE ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Thought the larger jar was local Malanda Milk bottle but no ~ it is Australian Pickle Company!

    I had to leave bottles behind as I could not carry any more on returning to base ~ So a sack is in order fro any revisit!

    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, QLD. 1944-11-13.

    ENGINEERS OF 2/9 FIELD COMPANY WORKING IN THE WATER TO ASSEMBLE A BOX GIRDER BRIDGE TO BRIDGE THE GAP TO THE BEACH DURING THE AMPHIBIOUS TRAINING EXERCISE 'OCTOPUS'. [UNITY BEACH WAS THE CODE NAME FOR PALM BEACH]

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    MALANDA AREA, QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-11.

    2/9 FIELD COMPANY, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS TROOPS ERECTING A BAILEY BRIDGE ACROSS A STREAM ON THE GLEN ALLYN ROAD BETWEEN JAGGAN AND LAMMIN'S HILL DURING EXERCISE "RAMPANT".

    I live on Glenn Allyn rd ~


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    Weds~ did another hunt today ~ perfect skies ~ but too perfect and temps went up and High humidity dead calm ~ I lasted approx 2 + hours ~ despite carrying full Smoko kit and thermos + refreshments~

    Sadly came up pretty well empty handed ~

    Went from Halcyon to Le Miserable ~ Ironically if you were a bottle Hunter you were in Paradise ~ 7 NSW dated bottles and an equal QLD untitled or dated bottles ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    A pad lock ~ a oil drum bung ~ and a single webbing buckle ~ c’est la vie’

    Oh and the sad retirements of a large Trench Knife merely recognised by the Hilt securing pins. And a rectangular ferrous flat plate ~ which may reveal some value if I stick it in the Palms ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    As they say some days you are the King and then you are ~ a dog's breakfast ~

    But also ceaning up the 1908 webbing and giving it a rub each time I walk past it ~ and the RS tampered with ~ n idea what the Digger was trying to achieve ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


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