A gem of an exhibition

A gem of an exhibition

This Sunday the East Gippsland Branch of the Prospectors and Miners Association will host its bi-annual gold and gemstone exhibition in the historic old Bullumwaal Hall.

The Bullumwaal Hall is located about 27 kilometres north of Bairnsdale (via Wy Yung and Mount Taylor) and is one of the few remaining original buildings left in the old township.

The gold and gem expo has been in doubt for some time due to the bushfires that threatened the town site and the historic old hall, however thanks to a lot of work by all the firefighters there was no loss of any infrastructure around the site. Now that the fires are contained, the event can proceed.

Andrew Bales, a well-known geologist, will be on site to give his famous talk on where to find gold, which covers many hints on finding gold.

Steve Curtis, a goldsmith and jeweller, will be setting up a stall and will be available to melt gold into ingots or create jewellery from gold supplied by the public.

The Victorian Historical Mine Shaft Chasers will be in attendance to talk about their activities in recording the many historic mines that are scattered throughout Victoria.

Gold panning tubs will be available for those wishing to try their luck. A fee applies.

Doug Stone, from Doug Stone Gold Maps, will be onsite for a chat and to sell some of his books on gold prospecting.

Lucky Strike Gold prospecting from Geelong will be in attendance and will have a range of metal detectors and prospecting equipment for sale. This will be a first for the expo as previously there hasn’t been a metal detector dealer attend.

The exhibition will feature many historic photos and relics from the Bullumwaal of old. One feature of the display will be photos from two old photo albums from the 1930s.

There will be displays of modern gold recovery equipment in many innovative types that would have the old timers scratching their heads. Also on display will be gold, gemstones and meteorites.

There will be a display of many different types of metal detectors from the old to the new. Featured will be the latest and greatest detectors from Minelab.

Silvo will be showing off his rock crusher / battery which has now been upgraded to 10 heads.

Other displays will be presented by the Bairnsdale Lapidary Club, the Bairnsdale Historic Society, Janice    Haynes (Bullumwaal history), and the Heyfield Old Engines Club will have a display that will include historic engines.

Books from Rob Christie and Rudi Paoletti as well as Miners Rights will be available for sale.

There will be some secondhand mining equipment and some new mining and prospecting equipment available for sale.

A metal detector from Minelab will be there to be won and there will be door prizes and raffles to test your luck.

The Bullumwaal Hall Committee will be running a raffle with a gold nugget as a prize.

IMAGE: Eager prospectors and miners can purchase a metal detector and hunt for gold during the East Gippsland Branch of the Prospectors and Miners Association bi-annual gold and gemstone exhibition in the historic Bullumwaal Hall this Sunday. (PS)