Old Abandoned Farm Houses of the Great Southern – Western Australia


There are some beautiful old abandoned farm homesteads here in Dumbleyung, my home town in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, and I love taking photos of them when ever I come across them on my Metal Detecting journeys around the district.

Some of which I have metal detected at with permission of the land owners.

Alot of the old homes have been abandoned for over 50 years, it makes me wonder, how long will it take the the current farm houses to be abandoned.

In times of drought, and times of change, farm families come and go, most stay from one generation to the other…. struggling on.

One of these houses has since burned down, which is a pity, because it was a beautiful old house, but the farmer had his reasons to do it, I suppose.

Enjoy the video, I hope to make a part 2 to this video in the near future.

1927 Palestine Mil Found Metal Detecting Old Australian House

Yesterday I spent most of the day taking apart my scrap metal, for scrap metal recycling. I am hoping to have enough scrap copper, aluminum and stainless steel so that I can put it towards a full scuba diving kit so that I can expand my metal detecting for peoples lost rings to underwater totally.

After around 7 hours of taking apart good scrap, I decided to go for a ride on my Polaris Big Boss to do a bit of sunset metal detecting at at old Australian Farmhouse in Dumbleyung – Western Australia.

I got permission from the farmer who owns the land, so off I went!

I found a 1927 Palestine Mil, no doubt this coin would have been bought back to Australia after World War 2 by an Australian Soldier, maybe it could have been his lucky coin!

Below is part 2 of my video. To see the first part please go here: Metal Detecting Abandoned Old Australian Farmhouse Part 1

Old Australian Pyro Label Softdrink Bottles For Sale on Ebay

Currently I have some Old Australian Pyro Label Softdrink Bottles For Auction on Ebay and I will be listing new antique beer and softdrink collectable bottles on ebay over the next couple of days, around 50 – 100 bottles up for auction.

See some of the bottles in the youtube video below

Chris Turner – My Metal Detecting Inspiration


It’s been nearly three years now that I have started helping people find there lost rings with my metal detecting and lost ring recovery service in Western Australia.

I became interested in doing this when I saw an episode on Bondi Rescue which featured a guy who helped find a British Tourists lost ring at Bondi Beach.   He too had his own Lost Ring Recovery Service.

More or less straight away after watching that episode, I did a google search on Lost Rings with Metal Detectors and I found Chris Turners website Turners Treasure Team ( LostJewellery.com and now TheRingFinders.com )

I emailed Chris to ask him for advice and how I could start such a service in Western Australia … he went out of his way to help me, and even called me weekly from Canada to see how I was doing! )

Anyway the rest is history…. without Chris’s inspiration, help and advice, I don’t know what I’d be doing.

Anyway, I’d like you to watch one of Chris’s videos he made about some of his succesful ring searches he has done in the Vancouver area in Canada… this is so inspirational, I can just watch this video over and over and never get sick of it. 

The emotions are real, and it shows real human spirit and how dedicated Chris is to his job!

Metal Detecting…Collection of Finds by Chris Turner

Cheers Chris

My Post Office in Dumbleyung & My Metal Detecting – Relic & Antique Bottle Display

Now that I am getting familar with YouTube.com I thought that I would make a video about my normal workplace at the Dumbleyung Post Office in Western Australia.   My Business partner Natalie and I bought the Post Office around 12 months ago, done alot of renovations, painting, re-arranging (much to some peoples dislike!)

I also have all of my good antique bottles on display, as well as most of my good metal detecting finds.

Please allow me to give you a tour of my Post Office…

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Margaret River Area Lost Wedding Ring Search

Margaret River - Famous for its huge Surf Breaks
Margaret River - Famous for its huge Surf Breaks

I received an email today from a lady in the Margaret River area, who informed me her son lost his wedding ring whilst swimming in a dam full of Freshwater Marron last year.

Margaret River is famous for its beautiful wines, big surf breaks, nice cheeses and beautiful beaches.   It is located around 300kms South of Perth – Western Australia.


I have arranged to go down to the area within a week to carry out a fresh water metal detecting search for the lost ring.

I just hope I don’t get bitten by a big marron!   I have however hinted to the lady if she could spare a couple of Marrons!

Marrons are a freshwater crayfish nativce to Western Australia, they taste beautiful and grow as big as a lobster or crayfish.

So if anyone reading this has lost any rings, jewellery, and other valuable items, in the Margaret River, Augusta, Bunbury, Dunsborough, Busselton areas please get in touch with me to organise a lost ring search and recovery.

If I find the time, I’ll also be heading to the beaches to do some metal detecting for myself with my minelab metal detector

The photo below is not me holding the Marron, just a good pic I found to show you the size of them!

Big Western Australian Freshwater Marron
Big Western Australian Freshwater Marron

So

How much do I charge to find your lost jewellery, money, rings etc? 

I charge nothing at all to search for your lost item, but my services is based on a reward only if found basis that is, if I find your lost ring, jewellery etc, then it is up to you what you’d like to give me as a reward. 

A small fuel surcharge may be required depending on the distance I need to travel. 

If I don’t find your lost item, then I don’t expect anything. 
I do not hire out my metal detectors. 

I love my job!
 
Lost something?
 
Call me ASAP – Metal Detector Hire Perth, Bunbury, Busselton … anywhere!  … Billy 0459 709 177

Metal Detecting at a Beautiful Old Abandoned Australian Stone Farmhouse

Beautiful Old Australian Farmhouse - Dumbleyung  - Western Australia
Beautiful Old Australian Farmhouse - Dumbleyung - Western Australia

Driving around some lonely bush roads around Dumbleyung in Western Australia I came across this beautiful old Australian Stone Farmhouse, one of the best I have seen in the district.

I could not resist trying my luck with the metal detector hoping to find some old coins and relics.

Driving around rural areas, bush tracks, lonely roads is the best way to find good spots to go metal detecting, bottle and relic hunting, just try and make sure that you always get permission from the owners of the property before you start.

In this case I did not, but I am sure it would have been okay, I still do not know who owns the property.

No doubt this would have to be one of the most beautiful old Australian Homesteads I have seen in the district.

It has motivated me to start a project of making a youtube video of all of the abandoned homesteads around the Dumbleyung area.

 Click on the below photo to see a larger view of what I found that day.

I love metal detecting!

Metal Detecting Finds at Old Australian Stone Farmhouse
Metal Detecting Finds at Old Australian Stone Farmhouse

Geoff’s Amazing Antique Bottle Collection

Geoff's Valuable Dr. Bird's Potlid $2000 - $3000
Geoff's Valuable Dr. Bird's Potlid $2000 - $3000

On Saturday I decided to go and pay a visit to my mates place just outside of my hometown.    His name is Geoff and he has an amazing antique bottle collection.  

Geoff showed me some of his old bottles, pot lids and other collectable items, some of which he thought were only worth a couple of hundred dollars, such as his  embossed Mundaring Aerated Water 26oz Amber Bottle, which he said was only worth $100 – $200 and a Dr. Birds Pot Lid which he said woulod be worth around $200.

When I got home that day I did some research on Bottle Guide and found out that his Mundaring Weir Bottle was worth between $800 and $1000 and his Dr. Bird’s Potlid was worth between $2000 and $3000. He was very happy when I told him that.

Anyway I bought some bottles off Geoff to add to my own collection.

Check out the video of the day below, there is four parts to the video, to see all of my videos go to http://www.youtube.com/user/LostTreasureComAU?feature=mhum

Hunt for Lost Wedding Ring in Freshwater River


On Sunday 5th March I went to Dwellingup a small touristy town around 100km’s South East of Perth to undertake a fresh water metal detecting hunt for a mens lost white gold wedding ring.

A few days before I received a phone call from Catherine who told me, she, her husband Matt and some family had been swimming in a freshwater river near Dwellingup and were frolicking in the water, throwing a tennis ball.

Matt and Catherine had only been married for a couple of months, little did they know that Matt would lose his wedding ring.

Matt told me that he had been treading water in around 2 metres of water and throwing a tennis ball to his father in law, and obviously Matt’s wedding ring finger had shrunk a little from water emmersion and as he threw the tennis ball, he also threw away his wedding ring with the ball … accidently!

It was lucky that Matt felt the ring come off his finger, that always helps me out, knowing that he felt it come off.

I arrived around lunchtime Sunday morning and met with Matt and Cat and then headed to the area where the ring was lost, a popular swimming spot in a heavily forested area. The water was nice and warm, but unfortunately the water was a lot deeper than what I expected, around 3 – 4 metres deep, and the bottom of the river was very silty and thick with mud.

So it was impossible for myself to freedive with my Excallibur 11 to make a succesful search.    Around 30 minutes later I told Matt and Cat, that it would be impossible to find the ring without proper scuba gear.

Not to panic! I am hoping to borrow a friends scuba gear very shortly to do another under water metal detecting hunt…. and if I can’t borrow it, then I will be investing in a new set of scuba gear for myself, so that I can expand my hobbie business and to carry out more underwater hunts for other people.

So hopefully very shortly there will be a happy ending to this story!

The good thing about this lost ring, it that it is not going to go anywhere, there is know water movement, no tide, no waves. And there is also a good chance I’ll find other lost rings in the area!

Check out the video I made for the lost ring hunt below

How much do I charge to find your lost jewellery, money, rings etc? 

I charge nothing at all to search for your lost item, but my services is based on a reward only if found basis that is, if I find your lost ring, jewellery etc, then it is up to you what you’d like to give me as a reward. 

A small fuel surcharge may be required depending on the distance I need to travel. 

If I don’t find your lost item, then I don’t expect anything. 

I do not hire out my metal detectors. 

I love my job!
 
Lost something?
 
Call me ASAP – Metal Detector Hire Perth, Bunbury, Busselton … anywhere!  … Billy 0459 709 177

I made $988 from Scrap Metal Recycling!

The last post I wrote about how current times are financially tough in rural Western Australia due to drought and the economic crisis.  So the other day I finally managed to take a load of my scrap up to Laurance Scrapmetals in Malaga near Perth – Western Australia.

Current prices for the day were pretty good and I managed to get $988.50 for all of the scrap metal I had collected over a period of around 3 months.

The money definitely came in handy, I banked the money that day, and when I arrived home I paid all of it towards some outstanding business bills.    Doing all of that hardwork over the  three months definitely paid off!

I also became a VIP Member with Laurance Scrap Metals, which entitles me to a better price for scrap, I also got an extra 50 cents a kilo for all of my scrap because I drove up from the country, so I can’t complain about that!

Check out the video below I made on the day!