Prospector and mining executive Jim Richards will share how he made, lost and made a fortune when he talks about his book Gold Rush at the Geraldton Regional Library on Sunday 25 September.
When Richards left the army to make his fortune in a gold rush, he had no language skills, no money and no idea. Richards has dived for diamonds in the piranha-infested rivers of South America, discovered a fabulously rich goldmine in the Australian outback, been caught up in the world’s biggest mining scam in Indonesia, and even started a gold rush in the war-torn jungles of Laos.
Richards said his talk would be for anyone who had ever dreamed of finding their own hoard of gold nuggets or diamonds.
‘Fossicking is about as Australian as it comes and I know there are people out there who will be interested in hearing about my adventures as well as my professional life as a geologist,’ said Richards.
Working in some of the maddest, baddest and most dangerous places on earth has landed Richards in serious trouble.
‘If you want to know exactly what trouble that was, you’ll have to come along to my talk!’ said Richards.
Conceived as part of the Fremantle Press 40 Year Anniversary celebrations, the Great Big Book Club Tour has been to Albany, Broome, the Avon Valley and now Geraldton.