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Inaugural Field Trip

January 16, 2016 @ 08:00 - 17:00


Ron Gregory has kindly offered to host our inaugural field trip at his Back Creek gold lease on the 16th of January 2016. This is also a good opportunity to have our AGM, which will be held on-site.
Back Creek is a good location for detecting gold nuggets, and a few nuggets and specimens have been found in the last few months. There is also a large pond for panning, or in case you want to bring your highbanker.
Ron will be there from Friday, and has welcomed people who know how to get there to camp at the lease Friday night.

The main meeting place will be the car park at the Pipers River shop (see map below), at 8:00 am on Saturday 16th of January 2016. There is no cost to attend the field trip if you’re a member of PMAT, and the trip is open only to members. If you’d like to join, you can do so on the day.

  • Ron will give a tour of the main workings, which span from 1870 to the present day.
  • We will have our AGM which will most likely be pretty short as we haven’t conducted much business since we got going.
  • The area is riddled with open-cuts, pits, trenches and shafts. If you’ll be joining us, we will send you an indemnity to the effect that you take responsibility for your own actions while in the lease.
  • On Sunday, if anyone is interested, Ron will give a brief tour of the Pinafore and Chum workings in Lefroy, two of the most important lines of reef in the Lefroy field, which are inside his Retention Licence.
  • Meet at the Pipers River shop carpark (corner of Bridport Rd and Back Creek Rd) at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday the 16th of January.
  • Please RSVP to info@pmat.org.au by 1 Jan.

Field Trip Rules:

  • The area is a private mining lease, and we’re allowed to be there thanks to the generosity of the leaseholder. There will be some trip rules:
  • Everyone who is coming must have a signed indemnity form. These will be sent if you sign up.
  • The area is very dry and the trip will be in mid-summer. No fires are to be lit unless authorised by the leaseholder.
  • Bring your own food and water. There is no drinking water at the lease.
  • Please take extreme care when wandering about in the scrub as there are many shafts and pits that are difficult to see.
  • The lease contains historical mining heritage dating back to the 1870s. Please be respectful of this, and all lease property.
  • The area where the modern workings are being carried out will be roped off and off-limits.
Nuggets of Back Creek gold, Tasmania
Some nuggets of Back Creek gold
If you want to find out more about gold mining at Back Creek, you can find more information in a post about the area at Apple Isle Prospector.
If you’re interested in coming, please RSVP to info@pmat.org.au.  You can also get in contact through the contact form. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!


January 16, 2016
08:00 - 17:00
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Miguel de Salas
0400 174 956


Pipers River Shop
5098 Bridport Road
Pipers River, Tasmania 7252 Australia
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