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The Obituary notice of the late Mr George Fairweather Moonlight has revealed the location of his final prospect and camp. Information found no where else i believe.
George had a knack for finding gold deposits but what was his secret?
He was reading the path of glacial ice by the shaping of landscapes, exposed geological patterns relating to the paths of glaciers and the placements of minerals.
So why was he in Frasers Gully?
Frasers Gully is In the top of the South Island, between the Howard Valley gold fields and the Wangapeka gold fields in an area called the Hope, practically a straight line between them.
Upon standing at the junction of the Howard Valley and the main highway, looking North through the Hope area onto the Wangapeka deposit, you can clearly see the world through Georges eyes.
An undeniable glacial trough carved through the hills as the ice travelled north depositing its heavy metal treasures along the way as the pressure drops out from underneath the glacier as it passes over ridges of solid bedrock.
Mr Glacier grows from somewhere near Torlesse peak in the alps, picks up a quartz lode, drags its cold arse through the Lake Rotoroa sump and has its first golden dump in the tops of the lake creeks then heads for the Porika/Howard, grinds over the ridges and dumps hard in the tops of the Louis/Maggie/Maud.
Then the frozen giant carves out the Hope on its way to the Wangapeka, has a royal toilet stop there, another on the Mount Arthur, Ballon diggins, Grecian stream, Waitui and so on.
Sniff!! Im bloody crying here folks, thats the prettiest snail trail ive ever seen.
George, by my powers of deduction, was hunting for the deposit the should link the Louis deposit to the Wangapeka deposit.
It possibly wont be very large, 20 kilos and will only be 3 out of 200 creeks and will be in the top half of the creek under a layer of gravel not very deep.
George was not silly when it came to locating deposits and obviously knew what he was doing which brings me to the point of all this.
Moonlights prospect in the Hope-Fraser Gully area was rudely interrupted by the hood ‘n’ sickle and is incomplete.
My question is, should the completion of Georges prospect be carried out in the Fraser watershed?
Is it possible that a virgin deposit lays in waiting there?
Is it possible?