Date(s) - 07/09/2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Wednesday 7 September, 7.30pm

(venue opens at 6.30pm for socialising)



Following the AGM, at about 8pm, John Vinar from Barking Outback Pty Ltd will deliver the talk

On the Hunt for Specimen Stone, Beta Hunt Mine, Kambalda, Western Australia


Beta Hunt is an underground nickel and gold mine located approximately 5 km from Kambalda, with the operation located under Lake Lefroy.

Although the mine is well known as a nickel-producing mine, stories of nugget gold and in particular specimen stone have been reported but the discoveries are not well documented or perhaps were mined illegally. Salt Lake Mining negotiated with Goldfields to acquire the gold rights and were able to mine both nickel and gold.

John Vinar was hired in 2016 as Geology Manager to commission the gold production and build on the gold inventory. Beta Hunt is the only mine in Australia and possibly the world that can say it can produce gold and nickel ore from the one mine.

During my 4-year term, not only did I create the gold mine but was fortunate to also hunt for the mythological gold specimen stone which led to the “Father’s Day” discovery in 2018.  My talk is about the lead up to the discovery and the need for preservation of this unique gold type.

View the video WA driller uncovers behemoth gold nugget, possibly biggest in recorded history

About the speaker

  • Perth based geologist, currently part owner of a small new labour hire company.
  • In the mining and exploration industry for over 35 years.
  • Graduated from RMIT in 1987
  • Worked at several world class mines on world-class deposits including Golden Mile, Broken Hill, Leinster and Kambalda.
  • Experienced in both above and below mining and resource definition and exploration.
  • Significant discoveries include Ghost Crab >1.0Moz and Father’s Day Discovery > 35,000oz
  • Likes good wine, mineral and gold specimens.

WA Lapidary and Rock Hunting Club Inc.
31 Gladstone Road, Rivervale