Approximately 15 ozs of AU in that little collection.
The depth they were dug varies from "sunbakers" (Gold laying on the surface) to approximately 300mm deep, the average depth is around 50mm.
There is a very old saying "Gold is where you find it." So there is no written rule other than any prospector hoping for success must do hours of research and of course many kilometres of leg work swinging the detector.
Any one thinking that they will simply drive to known gold producing areas and just pick gold up will be sadly disappointed.
Over my years of prospecting it is not uncommon to search for days without finding a gram. Many stories are told about finding one nugget in the WA goldfields then searching the immediate area for days without another nugget being found.
Personally I have dug many nuggets in dry creek beds and further prospecting on the adjacent banks have revealed no further gold.
It is a fact that once a prospector is smitten with the "gold fever" he/she will carry on relentlesly.
The most important aspect of prospecting is to remain calm and carry out your search carefully and thoroughly and take time off to "smell the roses."
Best wishes and luck in all your searches.
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