Pete Rumball

Pete Rumball

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia  ·  Retired from business management several years ago, went gold prospecting around Australia until the ground got too hard to dig, then retired full time.
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Dig Yourself a Gold Nugget

Dig Yourself a Gold Nugget – Australia's Gold

Dig Yourself a Gold Nugget

Australia's Gold – There are Many Forms of Gold.  This is the header for Australia's Gold

Australia's Gold – There are Many Forms of Gold. This is the header for Australia's Gold

Rusty Nails, my constant companion on prospecting trips. He would wake me at almost exactly 4.00 am every morning to get brekky, and leave for the goldfields. Here, up on top of "Big Quartz", he was about two years old, and he lived and loved until sixteen when I had to let him go to the "Great Kennel in the Sky".

Rusty Nails, my constant companion on prospecting trips. He would wake me at almost exactly 4.00 am every morning to get brekky, and leave for the goldfields. Here, up on top of "Big Quartz", he was about two years old, and he lived and loved until sixteen when I had to let him go to the "Great Kennel in the Sky".

The very first patch of gold I found, only 2 km outside of Dunolly, Victoria

The very first patch of gold I found, only 2 km outside of Dunolly, Victoria

My late wife Aileen on the left, then me, then Graeme and Nola, our regular traveling companions, and finally Rusty Nails with ball in mouth, tempting Nola to throw it.

My late wife Aileen on the left, then me, then Graeme and Nola, our regular traveling companions, and finally Rusty Nails with ball in mouth, tempting Nola to throw it.

Rusty Nails on his grooming table which doubles as our quick snack table

Rusty Nails on his grooming table which doubles as our quick snack table

The new rig at Stonehenge, NSW, when returning to the Victorian goldfields from a brief stay in Brisbane, QLD

The new rig at Stonehenge, NSW, when returning to the Victorian goldfields from a brief stay in Brisbane, QLD

Jericho Gold Lead which has been preserved just as the old time miners left it. The very shallow diggings are usually wrecked by Metal Detector operators looking for gold missed by the old timers

Jericho Gold Lead which has been preserved just as the old time miners left it. The very shallow diggings are usually wrecked by Metal Detector operators looking for gold missed by the old timers

A Mud Brick hut built in 1860. It's fairly well preserved but some lunatics built a big fire inside and destroyed some furniture.

A Mud Brick hut built in It's fairly well preserved but some lunatics built a big fire inside and destroyed some furniture.

This male Fairy Wren moved in alongside my flat, and produced a pair of chicks after a few weeks. The blue is so striking, photos do not do it justice.

This male Fairy Wren moved in alongside my flat, and produced a pair of chicks after a few weeks. The blue is so striking, photos do not do it justice.

Plover chicks are lucky to survive. They are easy prey for cats and crows. This day old chick was one of three, and only survived another day

Plover chicks are lucky to survive. They are easy prey for cats and crows. This day old chick was one of three, and only survived another day

The Cormorants are drying off after a fishing expedition on Lake Victoria, Maryborough.

The Cormorants are drying off after a fishing expedition on Lake Victoria, Maryborough.