Timeline of the Queensland Opal Industry

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cutter opalton 19021869 Blackall Station overseer finds Boulder Opal on Listowel Downs near Adavale  

1871 Pride of Hills first Opal mining lease near Toompine 

1871 Eromanga fields discovered

1873 Opal miners Berkleman & Lambert launch Barcoo Opal at International Exhibition

1875 Bond takes up leases Aladdin, Scotchman and Cunnavalla mines in the Kyabra hills 

1878 Fermoy Opal fields discovered

1879 Herbert Bond floats a company in London for 2500 pounds 

1884 Yowah’s first opal mining lease registered

1884 White Cliffs in New South Wales discovered by Kangaroo Hunters 

1886 Colonial & Indian Exhibition attended by Mr Bond with a gem and Opal cutting display 

1887 Joe Bridel takes parcel of opal to Silverton NSW displaying at office of F.E. Harris. 

1887 Opalton discovered 

1888 Craggs Boulder Opal mine first Opal claim registered in NW Qld 

1888 Tully Wollaston goes to meet Opal miner Joe Bridle out of Eromanga

1889  Tully Wollaston bought the first parcel of White Cliffs Opal

1889 Tully Wollaston’s first London trip with Opal deals with Hasluck Bros a conduit to US market 

1890 Jundah discovered

1891 Duck Creek discovered

1893 Yowah: Herbert Bond & Co obtain lease @ Southern Cross

1894 Kynuna discovered 

1895 Opalton's Great Opal Rush  

1896 Opalton proclaimed mining district, 500-600 men on the field

1897 Koroit discovered 

1901 Yowah: German syndicate takes on Bond’s lease at Southern Cross 

1901 Tully Wollaston takes White & Boulder Opal to Empire Exhibition London  

1902 Yowah’s population reaches 100

1902 Lightning Ridge in New South Wales discovered 

1915 Coober Pedy in South Australia discovered

1957 Gift & Gem established in Winton by Vince Evert

1967 Quilpie Pharmacist Des Burton begins Boulder Opal mining and processing

1970 Vince Evert starts Opal mining

1975 Eric Lenton buys 'Flame of the Desert' a thumbnail stone found at Redspot by Robbie Martyr and John Jackson 

1993 1st 'Boulder Opal Auction' now an annual Tradeshow held in early July by QBOA

2005 Quilpie hosts the 3rd National Opal Symposium

2009 Winton hosts the 5th National Opal Symposium 


Sue-White opals29 June 2013
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15 march 2013
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Alexander fink.PhysicsPHD opal28 Nov 2012
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with detailed information about nearly everything their is to know in a general term.
Alexander Fink PhD - Dept. of Physics La Trobe University

5 August 2010
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Kind Regards
Sean Tapner - Planet Opal

8 july 2010
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Opalminded recommend opalsinformation6 June 2010
Dear Rainbow Serpent, 
Greetings from Opal Minded In Sydney.
We are all very impressed with your website – one of the best things that has happened to this Industry for a long time. 
We would love to share it with the visitors to our website. 
Would you mind If we post with us links to your website, 
also on our facebook and twitter. 
Best wishes
Renata, John, Nelly, Fabrice and Summer

Fri, Apr 16, 2010 
Good Morning,
I have just found your wonderful website.
I produce a monthly e-newsletter which is circulated to the Tourism businesses in Coober Pedy and neighbouring stations plus the Info Centres around SA & the NT.
I wondered if I could use some of your Opal info in my October Edition (Opal Month), mainly the parts in your “About Opal” section – names, spiritual info etc.
I would obviously reference it to your website noting the address so others could read your site. 
Sandra Harris
Tourism Officer - Coober Pedy Information Centre

5 April 2010
I am wanting to use your site in an assignment as it is a superb example
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Many thanks,