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Man's Work - Opal Mining

Rated M, Numerous Expletives are Bleeped!


Opal mining is a dangerous business. Homemade explosives and shaky tunnels raise the stakes in an industry that's rarely short on risk. Ashley comes up against some of the toughest fellas in the outback. Plus, he meets his nemesis, a 17-year-old girl who challenges him to a fight.


 

Flame Queen 263 Carat Opal

Found at Lightning Ridge in 1915, the story of the legendary “Flame Queen” Opal, a Manfred Wild carved Opal rooster and Opal highlights shared by Claudia Florian, consulting gemmologist to Bonhams & Butterfields with Joyce Chow of MBN. www.bonhams.com (2008)

 

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Opal Mining Lightning Ridge

Opal Mining Lightning Ridge c.1925 - clip 1

Opal Cutting Lightning Ridge c.1925 - clip 2

 

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Sue-White opals29 June 2013
Dear Rainbow Serpent,
Thank you for your email and membership.
It is great to know that you are out there promoting Australia's National gemstone & NSW emblem.
Keep up the good work, I love your concept.
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15 march 2013
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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.
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We would love to share it with the visitors to our website. 
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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.
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I would obviously reference it to your website noting the address so others could read your site. 
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Sandra Harris
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5 April 2010
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