'Legends on the Fields'
OPAL MINERS are crazed by the infection of feminine beauty that is the object of their pursuit, the 'Queen of Gems' passionately drives their foolhardiness!
Queensland Miners (1988 to present)
Coober Pedy & Andamooka (late 1950's on)
Opal mining has long attracted eccentric individuals. The baffling nature of Opal occurence captivates their creative genius and the harsh beauty of the Australian outback sustains them in their quest!!!
LIGHTNING RIDGE Miners (1900's On)
Sources and Image Credits:
B.5) OPAL MEN, P. Vin Wake, 1969.
B.18) 'Carpooling' to Coober Pedy in the fifties. Photo courtesy of Stella Samaras
B.17) Zoe's yard. Photo courtesy of Stella Samaras
B.12) Farid Khan(right) & Abdullah Chan, Opal Hotel Coober Pedy ca.1972, photograph by Bruce Howard used with permission by the artist, taken form Australian Pubs Collection, nla.pic-vn4361734 the National Library of Australia
C.1) Opal Miner at his campsite, Lightning Ridge, 1911. B & W Photograph by E.C.Kempe. nla.pic-vn3801038 used with permission from the National Library of Australia
C.2) Digger's Rest Hotel, ca.1972, photograph by Bruce Howard, taken form Australian Pubs Collection, nla.pic-vn4361361 used with permission from the artist.