I love to go walking in the bush, and one of my favourite spots in Dumbleyung is a place East of the town. I go out there often, because the area is a Nature Reserve, and it is peaceful and alot of wildlife live in the area, such as Echidna’s (similar to Porcupines), Kangaroos, Geckos and Lizards and my favourite, Frogs and Tadpoles and much more.
Unfortunately the area is also being invaded by a awful weed which kills native plants, it is called Bridal Creeper
This Nature Reserve has many granite type rocks, and a beautiful natural spring which was used by Aboriginals as a source for water for probably over a millenia.. who knows.
Anyhow I was walking in an open rocky area of this reserve, looking for old bottles, and then I saw something that really stood out, a wide variety of small rocks which looked as though they were placed there… and I instantly knew that this would have been likely used by Aboriginals as a camp site, meeting spot, corroboree site or trading site.
This is the first ever Ancient / Old Aboriginal Campsite I have ever found, I have found plenty of Aboriginal Rocks . Stone Tools in the past, but never a place which has actually been used as a campsite.
I found a variety of tools, grinding stones, axe heads, stone knifes and flints.
Honesty I don’t think it is that old, but I might be wrong.
I feel it could only be around 100 years old, because the location is close to an old stone farmhouse, which was built in the early 1900’s . So there is a chance that this campsite was used by Aboriginals in the early 1900’s who may have camped close to the homestead and worked for the farmer, cutting down trees, sandlewood cutters. Sandlewood is a beautiful scented wood used in Perfumes. Sandlewood Oil today sells for $1000 per kilogam.
There area still quite a few sandlewood trees in this area, and other areas surrounding Dumbleyung.
Anyhow if that Aboriginal Campsite is from around the 1900’s, there could be a chance of finding some coins, relics with my metal detector, so soon I’ll be going back to the campsite to do some detecting.
A good tip for finding Aboriginal Stone Tools, is most of the time, the stone can be identified as a stone which is not native to the area where you have found it. It could have been traded with another aboriginal from a 1000kms away, and that is the onloy spot where that stone type exists.
These stone tools, knives, axe heads, spear tips could have been passed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years.
There is one thing I’d love to find on my treks out bush and that is an Aboriginal Spear Tip, My best mate Symo actually excavates ancient aboriginal sites for a living in the Eastern side of Australia, and he tells me he finds them all the time.
In anycase, it is a great discovery, and I’ll be going back there in the very near future to have a closer look at the campsite, I may even find a spear tip!
See my other Ancient Aboriginal Tools that I”ve found.
The last few days have been very rewarding for me in regards to visiting the local rubbish tip as I have managed to find some amazing things which people have thrown away.
As I previously wrote, the other day I someone threw away this CLASSIC 1960′S / 1970′S ROCKHOPPER DELTEK MOTOR MINI BIKE, well currently I have it up for auction on ebay, and to my amazement the current bid is $255 … not bad for something I found out the local rubbish tip.
It is something I really look forward to on a daily basis going out the rubbish dump, to see what antique, retro and old collectable items have been has been thrown away.
I just wish I started doing this alot earlier, I have only been doing this for a couple of months and the stuff I find is just amazing.
I don’t just go out the dump in search of old collectables, I also go out there in search for recyclable scrap, copper, aluminum (not cans) and stainless steel.
On average I reckon I’d find $20 to $50 a day in good scrap metal.
Just today I found heaps of Aluminum and a huge piece of Stainless Steel from an old Butchers Meat Fridge. I found this stuff in a section of the dump which has not been used for around 20 years.
You just need to be very careful when doing this, because of snakes, asbestos, broken glass and rusty sharp metal.
I should take more care, I rarely wear a mask to protect myself from abestos, I should, because I lost an Uncle to Mesothelioma and a old friend of mine has just been diagnosed with it.
My most recent Rubbish Dump finds over the last couple of days are as follows: (Click on Link to see photo)
- 1950’s / 60’s Imperial 66 Typewriter (To be sold via Ebay)
- Adler Gabriele 5000 Typewriter (To be sold via Ebay)
- Weston Radio Telephone (To be sold via Ebay)
- GE SuperRadio II (Keeping this for personal use)
- 1950’s Office Chair (To be sold via Ebay)
- Old Silver Trophy (Keeping this for display)
- Silver Pewter Beer Mug (To be sold via Ebay)
- Old Acta-Vite Powder Milk Tin (Keeping this for display)
- Old EconoMilk Powdered Milk Tin (Keeping this for display)
- Old Sunshine Powdered Milk Tin 1 (Keeping this for display)
- Old Sunshine Powdered Milk Tin 2 (Keeping this for display)
- Old Ceramic Clay Mask - Found in old tip (To be sold via Ebay)
Just today a friend gave me permission to check out one of his farm dumps and I found a very old Copper Kettle.
This Early Settlers Copper Kettle would have been used by the early settlers and the beginning of the 20th Century, possibly earlier, I really love this find. I’ll be keeping this Copper Kettle to put on display in my shop. I really love old Australiana items.
This new hobby of mine is awesome, rewarding and it even makes me money. I’ll be listing some of the above items on ebay very soon! It will be interesting to see what will sell and how high the prices will get.
I reckon the Weston Radio Telephone will sell for a good price, plenty of radio collectors out there, and there is a good chance the 1950’s Office Chair will sell also I reckon.
I actually feel that this Weston Radio Telephone could have been used by a child a longtime ago for education via School of the Air a program for school children who live in isolated areas and do their school via a Two Way Radio.
If your interested to see what I am selling on ebay, check out my My Ebay Store, currently I have close to 200 items for sale on ebay!
Check out my other Rubbish Dump Treasure Finds