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'From Cinderella to Waltzing Matilda' - A Snapshot of the Opal Industry in Queensland.

Launched in 2010 as a 2 part DVD documentary exploring the history of the small, independent Opal fossickers and sapphire miners along the Tropic of Capricorn and the building of a heritage tourism industry.


Tag along trip to Opalton

After the National Opal Symposium held at Winton in July 2009. Join Colin Duff on a guided tour of Opalton as enjoyed by delegates of the 6th National Opal Symposium.

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Peter Christianos of Opaline a third generation family business

Peter reflects on the potential of Boulder Opal an outback industry which survives by the sheer tenacity of its members, against significant adversity and yet in harmony with the local communities, pastoralists and native title claimants.

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Jerry Doktor - a living legend of the Opal mining industry

'Opal is life' says Jerry as he shares a yarn and the delight of his famous 'Rose' touchstone.

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Madsen Opals mining operation at Vergemont

Queensland's Opal deposits occur in the vaste and untamed landscapes of the state's south-west. Meet Tesla, Tony Montana & Henry at the 'Three Amigos' camp 180 kilometers south of Winton.

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cquSpoken and directed by Dr Liz Huf. Co-producers Jeni Richardson and Dr Daniel Teghe from CQU. These video clips are broadcast with the permission and courtesy of Central Queensland University.


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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Alexander Fink PhD - Dept. of Physics La Trobe University

5 August 2010
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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, 
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Best wishes
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Fri, Apr 16, 2010 
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Sandra Harris
Tourism Officer - Coober Pedy Information Centre

5 April 2010
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Many thanks,