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Toby Billing's Photo Gallery

UYA-K3JGold : Au

Smythesdale, Golden Plains Shire, Victoria, Australia

Gold in quartz specimen is 27mm by 15mm, gold is 11mm long with small bits though the stone. Personally collected in march 2012.
Copyright: © T.J.Billing      Photo ID: 532607     Uploaded by: Toby Billing   View Count: 180   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 599 x 538 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

View of the remains of the Moonlight mine

Moonlight Mine, Berringa, Golden Plains Shire, Victoria, Australia

The brick foundations that are all that is left of the mines infrastructure, the 400 foot deep, three compartment main shaft is at the right hand margin of the photo, it is capped but has subsided.
The reef the mine operated on surfaces behind the camera and dips steeply towards the mine, there was significant shallow workings along the reef but they have all been bulldozed in for farmland many years ago.

The reef runs directly under my west sheds!
Copyright: © T.Billing      Photo ID: 394599     Uploaded by: Toby Billing   View Count: 557   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2816 x 2112 pixels (5.9 Mpix)

PW4-KEJDolomite : CaMg(CO3)2, Quartz : SiO2

Moonlight Mine, Berringa, Golden Plains Shire, Victoria, Australia

Light orange/brown blade like Dolomite crystal growth on clear colourless Quartz crystals in a cavity in a piece of reef quartz. Note the greenish coloured slate still attached.

Some of the Quartz crystals are almost completely covered in Dolomite clusters while others have just one or two crystals attached.

Collected May 2011. Specimen is 80mm across
Copyright: © T.Billing      Photo ID: 390619     Uploaded by: Toby Billing   View Count: 416   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1292 x 1196 pixels (1.5 Mpix)

0PF-KRNGold : Au, Quartz : SiO2

Moonlight Mine, Berringa, Golden Plains Shire, Victoria, Australia

Piece of reef quartz with a patch of gold as small lumps and tiny crystalline grains, the greenish material is slate (the so called 'gold slate' of the Victorian era miners). The specimen is actually two pieces that came out together but broke apart, I display them with the smaller sitting on top as photographed. Specimen is as found and only cleaned in water leaving traces of kaolin and slate.

FOV 65mm
Copyright: © T.Billing      Photo ID: 389026     Uploaded by: Toby Billing   View Count: 446   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1418 x 782 pixels (1.1 Mpix)

HU6-A7NTopaz : Al2SiO4F2

Gembrook, Cardinia Shire, Victoria, Australia

Slightly waterwarn colourless topaz crystal out of the gembrook alluvials, not a bad specimen as far as local topaz goes.

Specimen is around 10mm across
Copyright: © Toby Billing      Photo ID: 362010     Uploaded by: Toby Billing   View Count: 372   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 645 x 762 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

Y70-G7TCorundum (Var: Star Corundum) : Al2O3

Gembrook, Cardinia Shire, Victoria, Australia

Although 95% of the sapphire from this location is blue there is the odd bronze coloured star sapphire found like this one. You can see the 'glow' under the surface of the stone, please excuse the mineral tack showing!

Specimen is 12 by 6.5mm in size
Copyright: © Toby Billing      Photo ID: 361832     Uploaded by: Toby Billing   View Count: 505   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 498 x 659 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

MDY-P2CCorundum (Var: Sapphire) : Al2O3

Multiple photos available
Gembrook, Cardinia Shire, Victoria, Australia

A nice coloured Corundum from the Gembrook alluvials

Shows signs of a being a star stone.

Specimen is 8 by 5mm in size
Copyright: © Toby Billing      Photo ID: 361830     Uploaded by: Toby Billing   View Count: 711   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 669 x 487 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

V78-A4YGold : Au

Maryborough, Central Goldfields Shire, Victoria, Australia

Small Gold nugget out of one of the many alluvial goldrush era diggings around Maryborough Victoria, found with a metal detector (GPX4000) 25/08/2010.

Specimen is 8.03mm by 7.68mm in size.
Copyright: © T.J. Billing      Photo ID: 354006     Uploaded by: Toby Billing   View Count: 329   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 527 x 578 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

EH5-0K3Gold : Au, Quartz : SiO2

Multiple photos available
Hoddles Creek, Yarra Ranges Shire, Victoria, Australia

Gold in Quartz, mine name unknown, on private property, Hoddles Creek, Victoria Australia. Specimen is 15mm by 12mm, 1.98 grams
Copyright: © T.J. Billing      Photo ID: 353772     Uploaded by: Toby Billing   View Count: 577   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 991 x 807 pixels (0.8 Mpix)
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