About The Australian Opal Fields.
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Robert Moore, the manager of Muggarie Station, known now as Angledool, made the first record of, pretty coloured stones’ from Lightning Ridge in 1873. Being a former Ravenswood gold miner, he had picked up the stones on the Nebea Ridges and sent them to Sydney for evaluation. The reply was not very favorable being informed they were of no commercial value. ( Because of this it wasn’t a great start to the Australian Opal Fields.)
Discovered early in 1915 by a 14 year old boy, Coober Pedy is the world’s largest opal bearing region and produces over 80% of Australia’s opal. Originally named the “Stuart Range Opal Mines” after the explorer John McDouall Stuart. Stuart narrowly missed the area in 1858. Because he circled around the present site of Coober Pedy and named the range after himself.
The history of opal in Queensland begins in about 1872. Rich in legends and myth, it is the birth place of our present industry of opal. This history is one of heartbreak, frustrations, determination and, of course, success at times against incredible odds.
Many discoveries were made during the 1870’s. The industry became established in 1889 as Tully Wollaston successfully marketed the gem then t, .
Australia’s most recently worked source of precious opal is the Lambina Opal Field. Found 100km south of the Northern Territory border in South Australia’s remote Far North.
The Lambina Field had been worked intermittently for at least 30 years. Because of higher demand. The last decade production of precious opal has become significant. This update of Lambina includes information on the opalfield’s history, geology, production, and