Toddy and her white husband, Charlie, could keep their find concealed until January 1946, when they struck their first big patch. Before word leaked out and the rush was on, they had been able to secretly sell five parcels of magnificent opal to Jack Kemp, Ernie Sherman’s field agent. Within days of receiving the last parcel, Ernie and Greg Sherman arrived on the field and bought the balance of Toddy’s opal for £2,000.
With the discovery of the adjoining Boomerang Shallows, the Eight Mile proved to be an exceptional field, producing extraordinary quantities of opal over several claims. In 1956, the field spread up the hill after the discovery of the “Olympic Australis” by Frank Tethridge and Bert Wilson, a gem that weighed 143 ounces which they sold to Greg Sherman