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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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Minnie Berrington -Andamooka’s First Postmistress

A short time after I had published the story of Minnie Berrington I was contacted by Stuart Wattison who had carried out a lot of research into Minnies life. He had dug up copies of certificates including her Miners Right and this has added authentication of her story as told in her book “Stones of […]

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Noodling and Specking at Andamooka

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 […]

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Stephen Aracic – His return to Lightning Ridge

Stephen and Family Head for Lightning Ridge In February 1965 , after returning to Sydney, Stephen Aracic quit his job at Dunlop Rubber. Feeling restless he set up his own business called Rozelle Radiator Repairs which operated satisfactorily for a while but then became quite a struggle. At the same time their first son named […]

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Stephen Aracic -Determined Opal Miner – Part Two

In a previous post I summarised the part of Stephen Aracic’s book “Determined” which covered his early life in Bosnia and his emigration to Australia. See the post ,Stepen Aracic “Determined Opal Miner. This post is a continued summary of the book and starts with Stephen Aracic’s first trip to Lightning Ridge. Stephen Aracic’s first […]

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Stephen Aracic – “Determined” Opal Miner

A few months ago, Stephen Aracic made a comment on one of the posts on this website. Stephen is a well known opal miner from Lightning Ridge who has written a number of books on opal mining including “Determined”, “Fortunes from the Lost Sea”,”Fortunes in Australian Opals”,”Discover Opals Before and Beyond 2000″and “Rediscover Opals in […]