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PMAV Welcome


The Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria is a voluntary body established to protect and enhance the rights and opportunities of those who wish to prospect, fossick or mine in the State of Victoria, Australia..

From recreational prospector to smaller scale miner - the PMAV is protecting your interests.
Our membership ranges from prospectors using gold pans, sluices and metal detectors to find gold, gemstones or other minerals, to those using machinery on prospecting licences.

Most of the largest gold nuggets ever found were from the central Victorian goldfields, we also enjoy deposits of many other valuable or interesting minerals.

Despite this, the Right to conduct these activities in Victoria is constantly under threat from those who seek to abolish the Rights and Privileges won through the stand taken by miners and their supporters at Eureka, Ballarat in 1854.
The PMAV will not surrender these Rights or Privileges - we are passionate in our belief that individual prospectors and miners must have fair and reasonable access to a share of this State's considerable mineral wealth.




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Nugget Monument Unveiled Vale Kevin Hillier. It is with much sadness that we advise that the finder of the Hand of Faith nugget, Kevin Hillier, passed away on 15th May, 2014. Our sincere condolences to his wife Bep and family.     “We are filthy rich” Kevin Hillier told his wife Bep as he started to uncover the Hand of Faith gold nugget in Kingower almost 30 years ago. And so they were, with the nugget being snapped up by the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas for $1,000,000 U.S.. The PMAV has now erected a monument at the exact site of the discovery of the Hand of Faith and this was recently unveiled by Kevin Hillier.
Why is Victoria Nugget rich?     Nugget in situ Central Vic Conventional thinking insists that gold nuggets originate from quartz reefs where they were formed by the reaction of gold-bearing fluids with chemically reactive (usually carbon-rich) indicator beds adjacent to the reefs. Such thinking cannot explain why the Golden Triangle accounts for more than 90 percent of the nuggets exceeding 500 oz found in the world.

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