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water diviner

Brit a person able to locate the presence of water, esp underground, with a divining rod
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As hosepipes run dry across the country water diviners like Clive Thompson (inset) have been called on to find fresh supplies
(68) For as the hydraulic engineer admitted in 1880, "Borings are, by no means, everywhere successful, even where favourable circumstances encourage the geologist." (69) Conversely, water diviners' success in proving water in defiance of official geological prognostications was widely reported, further cementing the allegiance of rural landholders to their organic intellectuals whose own failures were as readily excused or quickly forgotten as those of the engineers and their mechanics were long held against them.
The preferred rural oracle to geology, the water diviner or water wyzer (water pointer), was an old presence in the colonial landscape with an ancient European pedigree.
Many of our fellow countrymen and women think they are witches, wizards, seers, time travellers and water diviners. As you do.
State water boring was guided by a combination of geological and engineering science, but encountered sustained resistance from settler farmers who preferred the word of their water diviners over the official experts in deciding where to bore.
Like water diviners they nest in the corner, exactly where the well used to be!