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Re: The West Coast

Post by admin » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:30 pm

hi Raggedy ann creek is about the easiest to get to with definite gold in it in Queenstown. Its behind Penghana guest house towards the rifle range and towers. On the Left as you drive into the center of town

report on later prospecting efforts at Pearl Creek
http://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/mrtdoc/dominf ... 021-24.pdf

i have had a look in Pearl Creek on the main queenstown - zeehan road with no success. the other side of the hill towards the Queen river west is mckusick Creek and the bottom 200 meters of that creek carried good gold.

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Post by admin » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:32 pm

I found our mr Lawson, I think? looking up my own Kemp mining history at Moina.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47938325

Henry'Francis Lawson (48) was shot at point blank range in 1937 at Moina.

The person he worked for Mr G.W Kemp of Launceston is the person im researching. Kemp was involved in 3 tenements in the area. 2 at Bell Creek and another up the top of Bismuth Creek called Kemps rainbow.

I was in that exact same area today. I never knew of the hostility to miners back then either around Moina. There was a murder down at old Moina, but never knew of this one. I cant even think who else would have been up there at the time other than graziers perhaps.

It may of course not be the same Lawson. But, he is the only one i have ever heard of (now) in the Cradle mountain area. And your part about murder. is spot on..

hope that helps..

kindest regards
Phillip Kemp

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Re: The West Coast

Post by Rohan » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:24 pm

Hello admin. Thank you very interesting I have saved the article his great nephew is old himself now I will show him . On the northern side of Rex hill near stories creek is a small area called castle Carey I think may have been mined by lawsons .part of the farm nearby is still called lawsons by the current owners. If you are ever up my way look me up I could show you around some old mines in my area. Thank you. Rohan

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Re: Lawson murder

Post by admin » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:32 am

Hi Rohan
here is then police report the next day
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/25394653

and
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/68474201

and the murderer as charged was Donovan Henry Charles Cruttenden Packett of Barrington
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/68485302

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article ... rchLimits=

he had his death sentence reduced to life imprisonment in September 1937 after his appeal in Hobart
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11091639

The Advocate newspaper of the day has him as a rabbit trapper at Moina. However he had claims at bell creek next to Kemps workings. Packett's workings are at the junction of Bell and Basalt creek and extend up the West Spur to Betts claim. Its the same claim i work at bell creek. No wonder i feel a bit spooky at times on his claim.

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Re: Lawson Murder at Moina

Post by Philski » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:16 pm

Hi all

i was talking to someone today (Mr Bindi loone) about the murder at Moina and he said, Mr Packett killed them because they used to tease him constantly. Like putting rubber chicken heads in his soup and silly things like that. He shot them at old Moina. just as you enter the lake view, drop down and pass Bramptons creek. The little old wooden shed thing on the right. Right in front of that.

Thats the same position of the murder i heard about. the old post office. So only one murder. There was some local sympathy towards Packett so perhaps thats why his sentence was reduced to life. He settled again in the NW district on release.

i am going to ask the Frankcomb family this week about there family lore on it. Its a very interesting story.

anyway, have a fantastic day.

Kindest regards
Phillip Kemp

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Re: The West Coast

Post by kaner » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:59 pm

Hello

Just wondering if any body keen for a prospecting trip out west, any where any time.

thanks
kane

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Re: The West Coast

Post by ryangunton1 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:59 pm

hi there kaner i am at strahan and keen to go looking around

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Re: The West Coast

Post by kaner » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:56 am

sounds good mate i'm heading out your way early in the new year
would like to catch up, keep in touch.
kane

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