About The Australian Opal Fields.

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Robert Moore, manager of 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 favourable, 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 producing over 80% of Australia’s opal. Officially changed to Coober Pedy by the local Progress and Mining Association in 1922, it was originally named the “Stuart Range Opal Mines” after the explorer John McDouall Stuart. Stuart narrowly missed the area in 1858 because he circled the present site of Coober Pedy and named the range after himself.

The history of opal in Queensland begins around 1872. Rich in legends and myth, it is the birthplace of Australia’s opal industry. This history is one of heartbreak, frustrations, determination, and, of course, success at times against incredible odds.
Consequently, many opal discoveries were made during the 1870s, with the industry becoming established in 1889 as Tully Wollaston successfully marketed the gem.

Australia’s most recently worked source of precious opal is Lambina Opal Field. Found 100km south of the Northern Territory border in South Australia’s remote far North.
The Lambina Field had been mined intermittently for at least 30 years.  Because of higher demand in the last decade, the production of precious opal has increased dramatically. This update of Lambina includes information on the opalfield’s history, geology, production, and