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Sunday 8th JUNE 2014

Field Trip Officer Report– 8/6/14 Attending were Kerry, Mick, Terry, Maureen, Karin, John M, John H, Trish, Ken and Jenny B.
We met at Uralla Tourist Info centre and travelled out to Ken’s property. There we had a quick changeover into 4WD vehicles and we were off across the paddocks to our fossicking spot. Most of us headed to the creek with gold pans in hand, there were some specks found but not in high prevalence. Digging in the old sluice dump provided some nice water-worn Smokey quartz for some. We went back up to the house where Ken cooked a great sausage sizzle for lunch which was provided by the club. After a relaxing break with good conversation, we headed off to view the historical sites on the property. There were many points of interest from the time when Gold Fever swept over the area including the original Old Rocky River Road, old sites where huts and houses were built with steps carved out of the Granite rock, remnants of Chinese pottery and the digging sites.Fossicking finds for the afternoon included Banded Chalcedony and Green Peridot.Most of the group headed home around 4.30 except for Kerry, Mick, Terry, John H, Ken and Jenny B who ventured on to Rowbottoms Road for a speck. That’s all it was too with no finds at all. We said our goodbyes and headed for home after a very rewarding day in many ways.

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