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Jim Foster
Jim and Cheryl Foster have been detecting since 1979, beginning in the central Victorian goldfields of the Golden Triangle. They expanded their efforts, detecting for gold and coins over much of Australia, after the kids grew up and left home.

Their favorite place on the planet is the Tibooburra desert goldfields in northwest New South Wales and their most productive goldfields are in Western Australia where they recovered 23 troy ounces in one season.

They love desert country and spend each year travelling Australia detecting and writing for prospecting and outdoor magazines.

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Articles by Jim Foster
Australia's First Gold Rush

Gold was found in California a few years before the first official finds were made in Australia. It was on February 12, 1851, that Edward Hammond Hargreaves flashed around specks of gold he’d found in nearby Lewis Ponds Creek and sparked the...

April 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 8)
Detecting in Australia's Pilbara Region

Situated in northwest Western Australia, Australia’s Pilbara is one of the most isolated and scenic places on earth. The tiny town of Marble Bar, Australia’s hottest town, sits amongst the ancient ranges and is a Mecca for tourists—and gold...

February 2007 (Vol. 76, No.6)
Kalgoorlie, Australia—Born of Gold

In June 1893, a wiry Irish prospector by the name of Paddy Hannon was prospecting the harsh, dry country east of Coolgardie in Western Australia. It was country that could suck the moisture from a man’s body in days...

May 2007 (Vol.76, No.9)
Gold in New Zealand

In 1965, I visited New Zealand and saw a South Island goldfield. I knew very little about gold at that time and stopped only long enough to peruse a few relics and old photos on the pub wall.

July 2007 (Vol. 76, No. 11)
Detecting in Australia's Etheridge Goldfield

This remote goldfield covers an area of over 13,000 square miles of the Savanna Gulf country of Far North Queensland, Australia.

October 2007 (Vol. 77, No. 2)
Australian Prospector Detects 150-Ounce Nugget

We’ll call this prospector “Bill.” Bill found the nuggets pictured in a gully in Victoria’s Golden Triangle, where everyone had been detecting for more than twenty-five years. Many good nuggets were found in this gully over the years, and whenever...

March 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 7)
The Cemetery Rush

In 1893, Jerry McAuliffe led a team of prospectors east of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and found the famed Kanowna goldfield. On their first day on the field, they picked up a total of more than 300 ounces of gold nuggets from the ground. As the rush began to increase in momentum, other prospectors found patches of nuggets simply lying on the ground near rich outcroppings of reef. In very quick time, hard rock miners were tearing into the rich reef lines...

January 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 5)
The Canton Lead

As the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s gathered momentum, hopeful prospectors rushed from all parts of the globe, not least among these were the ubiquitous Chinese.

June 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 10)
Sons of Gwalia & Herbert Hoover

The Sons of Gwalia mine is situated in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia. It was found by a group of Welsh prospectors in 1896. Gwalia simply means Wales; hence, it was Sons of Gwalia who found the mine.

July 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 11)
Corner Country Gold

In 1845, the intrepid Australian explorer Captain Charles Sturt set out from Adelaide, the capital of the Colony of South Australia, to search for a supposed inland sea in the center of the continent. Travelling northeast through South Australia into the northwest corner of the Colony of New South Wales, he and his party of 15 men found themselves in the midst of a fierce drought.

August 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 12)