Hi all, had to start with this pic because there is a lot of great things in life but one of my favorite is spending time with my lovely wife never mind detecting together because that just takes the cake. While we were travelling around Australia last year we came across a great camping spot just out of Normanton QLD at Leichhardt Lagoon. Not only was this an amazing place to stay but there was an old Cobb & Co stop right across the road and need I say for a detectorist this is like waving a red rag at a bull. I was chomping at the bit all night and dreaming of amazing finds even though I had been told by the locals that they had detected the area but as you know not everyone finds it all.
We had certainly found the spot alright with a heap of really old glass scattered all over the ground. There were some really interesting old bits of glass but unfortunately there were no whole bottles to be had.
We were quite happy when we started digging up some great early finds. We could certainly tell by the lack of easy targets though (especially old coins) that the area had been detected but we were able to concentrated on an area that was probably the rubbish dump. The other thing in our favor was having the Minelab Equinox 800’s because this site had only had older technology detectors over it. Sometimes these spots can produce some amazing finds as was the case here. The best find was one of our first and it was a bar coaster from around 1900 advertising John Robertson & Son Dundee Fine Old Scotch Whisky.
John Robertson was a Scotch Whisky merchant and distiller from Moray-shire Dundee and was established in 1827 but later in 1896 became a limited company. Below is an excerpt from Alfred Barnard’s “The Whisky Distilleries Of The United Kingdom”
“Founded in 1896 by John Robertson & Son, the Dundee whisky blenders who, along with Watson’s, lost warehouses and stock in the great 1906 fire. Coleburn began production in 1898 for Robertson’s who would eventually sell the distillery to the Clynelish Distillery Co. in 1916. Production had ceased just 3 years prior to the sale. Production ran in starts and stops as ownership changed among the companies that would eventually merge under the vast Diageo umbrella. The distillery was closed in 1985 and was later dismantled. The main building is now a hotel while the warehouses have been contracted out to age the stocks of Duncan Taylor. ”
I just love digging up these old historical pieces and can only but wonder what stories they could tell of the early history in these regions. We kept at it for a few hours digging up many different bits and pieces with the next best find being an old black powder flask. These are a great find because nine out of ten are really ornate with great hunt scenes embossed into them. This one is probably the best one that I have found having a hare and a couple of what look like pheasants on it.
Most of the other finds were very typical for this type of site and its era. We just love these old sites because we always come away learning something new from our early history and what they drank etc. Happy hunting all and stay safe.