I first got a detector in 1981 I think - Dad brought two into the country - his one was a Whites 6000 and it is still more or less new in its box AND the original batteries are still OK! Mine was a Garrett Deepseeker - they were both the best detectors of their day.
I found this photo in the newspaper and my memory went back to the early 1980s - I was partially raised in this house as my Grandparents purchased it from the Edmonds family.
In the back yard we found ancient Maori adzes including some nice greenstone ones and then when I got my detector I went mad there.
Within the scope of the photo in Papers Past you can see the dormer window that was one of my bedrooms back in 1957 BUT also within the scope of the photo lies one of the richest patches of ground I ever detected…pennies and half pennies, three pences and sixpences, shillings, florins and half crowns - they were all within the scope of this photo along side and where the path used to be.
Also beside the steps were several Snider projectiles where someone must have had a target prior tot he construction of the house and about fifty meters away out of the scope of this photo several Snider cases were found indicating where the marksman had fired form.