Lasseter?s reef ?found
EVER since the death of Harold Lasseter at the beginning of February, 1931, in the inhospitable, scorching Western Australian desert, prospectors and fortune hunters have tried in vain to find the gold reef he claimed was there.
Now it seems a certainty that it has been found ? the odd thing is that it is nowhere near where it is supposed to be . . .
Lasseter's story of a rich gold discovery near the Western Australian border resulted in one expedition after another ? all having no luck.
However, in 1991, Vietnam veteran Bill Decarli decided to reverse Lasseter's map and look instead on the eastern side of Alice Springs.
What he found were the landmarks matching those described in Lasseter's diary and a gold bearing quartz reef many kilometres long.
Further exploration was stopped when the Lands Council declared the area to be Aboriginal sacred territory.
Since then Bill Decarli has visited the reef seven times and is as convinced today as he was in the 1980s when he first marked the map that this was the reef that Lasseter had searched for.
Mr Decarli's Queensland journey to the reef, as well as the saga of Lasseter's journey and its intriguing aftermath is the subject of a new book entitled Dead Man's Dream: Lasseter's Reef Found.
It has been penned by local author Angie Testa and Bill Decarli and published by Hesperian Press.
It may be the final definitive evidence that Lasseter in fact never even saw the reef he is so famous for.
Book signings by Angie Testa will be held tomorrow and Saturday between 11am and 2pm at Dymocks Bookstore in Park Beach Plaza for those interested in purchasing a signed copy.