The Fossickers Way Visitor Guide Volume 1 - Page 21

fast facts • What You Might Find: Topaz, tin, emerald, flourite, aquamarine, gold • Equipment Needed: Small pick, shovel, fine and coarse sieves Conservation Area you can get off the beaten track and discover dramatic views and granite formations, have a fossick, indulge in some serene camping and enjoy peaceful picnic spots. WHERE TO FOSSICK Torrington State Conservation Area, emerald, fluorite, aquamarine, gold, tin From Emmaville, travel north-east for 7km on the Wellington Vale Rd to Tent Hill and turn left into Tent Hill Rd. Travel 18km to Torrington, then 10km north on Silent Grove Rd to the turn off to the Blatheram Camping Area. If coming from Deepwater, proceed 26km north-west on the StannumTorrington Roads. Experienced fossickers only, beware of dangerous old mine workings and shafts. It is recommended that you stay within known fossicking areas. EMMAVILLE MINING MUSEUM Emmaville’s main attraction, the Mining Museum, started as the dream of Jack Curnow who had the bakery in Emmaville, which closed in 1969. After the closure he and his wife used the shop as a museum for their collection of minerals and photographs. The collection was eventually bequeathed to the community of Emmaville with the hope that the town could start a museum. With the help of the then Severn Shire Council a band of volunteers started things rolling. The Severn Shire purchased the old Foley’s Store in Emmaville and the volunteers began remodelling the building to house the Curnow collection. The Museum now houses many other private collections including the Jillett, Gibley, Morris, Key, Maskey, and Trethewey collections of minerals, in addition to over 200 photographs of mines and the people who worked them, some of which date as far back as 1893. Emmaville Emerald Mine and Geology Centre Call into the Mining Museum for directions. 21