Chris De-Vitry's father Terry had a passion for prospecting and small-scale mining. While other fathers read children’s books to their children, Terry read to Chris from mining publications. Chris could recite from memory sections of the Department of Mines, Prospectors Guide at a young age. Terry’s first mine was a high-grade saddle reef gold deposit which he processed through a five-head stamper battery. The name of this mine was Manna Hill and it was in central New South Wales near the old mining community of Stuart Town.