The title says it all, how guilty can we be of presuming that an area has always looked the way it does. My experience has taught me that we often over look these tucked away spots because they now look overgrown, dusty or just simply out-of-the-way and unappealing. With detecting becoming more popular, you now need to really think outside of the square and get some serious research happening, fast disappearing are the days of just wandering onto any park and having a good hunt. Some of my best hunts have come from dusty corners of parks and recreation areas that were once the main bustling picnic spots of past generations. Yesterday was no exception when I went back to one of these gem areas I have detected before, my first target was iffy with the CTX 3030 jumping around between 10:41 & 12:45, this signal was typical of the many pocket spills I have been finding of late since running the CTX 17 smart coil. A nice start with dual silvers from my first hole a 1942 threepence and sixpence.
There was plenty of moisture in the ground so I was moving slower than normal trying to sniff out any hidden treasures that I had missed. I got a good solid 12:27 and pulled one of my favourite targets a metal plate with writing on it, another history lesson coming up as I read the words A Simpson & Sons 1915 Adelaide. Turns out that A Simpson & Sons was, Alfred Simpson who arrived in South Australia in 1849 and although Simpson had his tinplate workers apprenticeship he was yet to have worked in the industry in England. After trying various occupations including some time in the Victorian goldfields he finally, in 1853 established himself as a tinsmith, the ‘Colonial Tinware Manufactory’ in Topham Street, Adelaide (Topham Mall as we know it today). Simpson’s son, Alfred Muller Simpson, joined the business in 1864 and his sons, Alfred Allen (known as Allen) and Frederick Neighbour also joined the firm when they had finished their schooling. The business incorporated 1910, with Alfred as chairman, and Allen and Frederick as directors later becoming the Simpson washing machine company. The Simpson Desert was named by Cecil Madigan, after Alfred Allen Simpson, an Australian industrialist, philanthropist, geographer, and president of the South Australian branch of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, also Cape Simpson in the Antarctica named after him by Douglas Mawson. As I said I love these old plates with writing on them and the history they reveal.
Next signal was from under an overhanging branch, a solid 12:41 and from around 6 inches I scored an 1887 Jubilee of Queen Victoria, South Australia Exhibition medallion, I found one last year also commemorating the exhibition but that one was silver, around the size of a threepence.
It was one of those dream hunts that just got better with each target, I found a few more small silvers before a another signal got my attention between jumping between 12:36 – 12:38, a nice little 1899 Victoria veil head 3d was a very welcome addition, just allowing me to scrape into the 1800’s. Silver tally for the day was five after scoring a lonely 1946 ram shilling on the way back to the car.
So as the times get a bit tougher with more and more people flocking to this great hobby, remember to take more time out to research than hunt and start to think outside of the square, keep that coil low. The best things in life are worth doing one at a time, happy hunting.