About a hundred years ago, Harold Lasseter claimed he and a friend had found a rich, gold-bearing reef in the Petermann Ranges west of Alice Springs near the Western Australian border in 1897.
Over the following couple of decades, a remarkable series of events ensued, as elaborate attempts were made to locate the alleged reef, culminating in the discovery of Lasseter’s body and also his diary about 100 kms west of Uluru in 1931. A brief account of these events can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/tiiy4z9xf9dkhqs/Lasseter%20notes.doc.
To this day, the reef has not been located, despite the efforts of numerous expeditions into the remote area.
A recent article in The Age newspaper (November 10th) reported that Jeff Harris of Tamworth, NSW claims that he has “deciphered” Lasseter’s diary notes about the location of the reef by using Google Earth. Jeff and three mates are due to set off this week to search for the legendary reef.
Harold Lasseter’s son, Bob Lasseter (pictured), now himself an old man, believes that the reef exists, and hopes that he’ll live long enough to see his father’s remarkable claim verified.