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Duck Creek Opal Field Queensland – 1903

The following article on the Duck Creek Opal Field was published in “The Register” newspaper on Wednesday 24th June 1903. It is reproduced here to let you know what it was really like mining at Duck Creek in 1903. Duck Creek 1903 ” The Duck Creek Opal Field is in the Paroo mineral district, and […]

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Queensland Opal Fields in 1901

The following is a summary of an article in the the newspaper “The Worker”of 1901 relating to the state of the opal industry in that year. The Opal Industry In 1901,an employee of “The Worker” newspaper carried out an interview with a Mr K L Lindsay of Windorah regarding the opal industry at that time […]

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Opal Robbery at White Cliffs Opal Field in 1896

The following story was published in the Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser of June 13, 1896 Extensive Opal Robbery “An opal robbery of a sensational character has been reported here by the Wilcannia visitors to the White Cliffs Races, who returned from the township on Saturday Afternoon. It appears that on Thursday last, […]

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More about White Cliffs Opal Field in 1894

This is the second article about White Cliffs Opal Field taken from an article in the Sydney Morning Herald in April 1894. It was written by ” The Tourist” and details what they observed on their trip to White Cliffs. The second part of the article states a lot of sales information of opal and […]

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A Visit to White Cliffs Opal Mines in 1894

In looking through some old papers I came across the following article written in the Sydney Mail in 1894. It is an article describing a tourists visit to the White Cliffs Opal Field in that year. I hope you find it of interest. The article was researched by Rusheen Craig and I reproduce part of […]

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Some Beautiful Andamooka Matrix Opal

Andamooka Matrix Opal Andamooka Matrix opal is a unique form of opal found only at the Andamooka Opal field in South Australia. It consists of a fine grained limestone rock with opal ingrained in this limestone matrix. The opal can exist in all sorts of patterns. Because of the light colour of the limestone the […]

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Opal Formation -An Alternative Theory

A little while ago “Mac ” contacted me with his theory on opal formation. I have my theory on this topic but it is good to keep an open mind as none of us were around when opal was formed. Mac has given me permission to present his thoughts on the subject and he is […]

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Opals for Sale

A friend in Ballina, who’s father owned a mine at Andamooka many years ago, has reached the stage in his life where he wants to sell off his collection of opal. I have agreed to put some of them on this website to see if anyone out there is interested. If you see any you […]

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History and Distribution of opal deposits in Queensland -1902

In 1966, my cousin Ken and I, set off on our first opal fossicking trip to Queensland This story is detailed in the post titled My First Trip to the Opal Fields. As a result both of us have remained interested in the history of opal discovery and mining in Queensland. Just recently Ken discovered […]

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How Was Australian Precious Opal Formed

How was Australian Precious Opal Formed. I have read many many different articles on how  Australian precious opal was formed but have had some doubts on the commonly accepted theory of water seeping through sandstone and dissolving silica ,which then formed a gel and seeped into cracks and crevices in the underlying clay. Silica is […]