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Prospectors seek a golden summer

Friday, 30th December, 2011

GOLD COUNTRY: Prospectors are making an unseasonal appearance in the hot streets of Tibooburra after the recent heavy rain. GOLD COUNTRY: Prospectors are making an unseasonal appearance in the hot streets of Tibooburra after the recent heavy rain.

 By Paula Doran

Festive fossickers are enduring peak heat in Tibooburra to search for gold.

While the traditional gold season usually spans from March to September/October, publican at Toole’s Family Hotel, Kathy Toole, confirmed that the rumours of hardy summer prospectors in Corner Country were correct.

“We’ve had quite a few prospectors from Victoria and Queensland in. It’s totally out of season, but they seem to be coping with the heat OK,” she said.

“They’re pretty quiet. They come in for a drink and then head back out when it’s cooler.  

“It’s unusual to have the numbers we’ve got here now, though.”

Mrs Toole said high wind and heat were usually a deterrent to prospectors during summer but following the heavy rain in recent months, they were perhaps now drawn to a new horizon following a shift in top soil.

“They don’t usually talk about what they find but we did have a bloke who found quite a big nugget down on one of the stations south of Tibooburra.”

Otherwise, she said, the tales of finding gold in the main street had perhaps been exaggerated. 

“Certainly any major fossicking in the past decade or so has found just a sprinkle compared to the heady days of 1900, but you never know what might turn up after a good rain!”

Had any luck on the gold trail in the Far West? Got a story to tell? Email Paula Doran pdoran@bdtruth.com.au

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