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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Noodling and Specking for Opal Opal mining in Australia is in decline compared to the earlier days. Most of us cannot afford to spend the large amounts of money required to mine for opal and would not have the expertise anyway, But noodling and specking for opal at Andamooka is well within our reach. The […]
Throughout the Australian Opal Fields there are countless old trucks that have been abandoned after a very hard life. Now rusted and faded they make great subject matter for the photographer and artist alike. Here is a gallery of pastel paintings of some of these trucks painted by Barbara Dodson. All are for sale.
Ben Coghill mined at Andamooka in the 1960’s and his son Ross visited him for a while at that time. Ross, now turning 80 decided to re-visit Andamooka in 2017 for a last time and this is his story.
Ross Coghill went to Andamooka with his father Ben in 1959. This is the second story submitted by Ross telling of his return to Andamooka in the early 1960’s and his quest for opal.
Ross Coghill and his father Ben traveled to Andamooka in 1959 to look for opal. Ross moved on after four weeks but his father stayed on renting out dugouts and cabins to Sapphire miners from up north. Read the start of his adventure here.