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The Life of an Opal Miner's Wife

Date Posted : Mar 25, 2022
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 261
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Barbara A. Parker's Parents, Emma Davenport and her husband, opaler William Augustus ParkerMuch has been written about the trials and tribulations of opal miners in the late 1800s and 1900s, how dange.......

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Out There in the Field: A Look into the Life of an Early 1900s Opal Miner

Date Posted : Jan 14, 2022
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 138
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  Considering that opal mining is still one of the most arduous professions, you can certainly imagine how perilous it was before the development of modern technology and safety regulations. The.......

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The Original Opal Hunters

Date Posted : Sep 27, 2021
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 681
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* Surviving photograph of HW Bond could not be sourced. If you are a fan of opal, chances are that you've seen an episode or two of Outback Opal Hunters on the Discovery Channel. Opal mining in the.......

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From Mexico to Mars: All the Amazing Places Opal has Been Found

Date Posted : Aug 27, 2021
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 391
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Across the last three centuries, opals have become intrinsically associated with the continent of Australia. With the strongest, highest quality opal ever mined consistently being unearthed in the cou.......

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Fostoria's Fossils: All About Australia's Opalised Dinosaur Fossils

Date Posted : May 28, 2021
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 652
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100 million years ago, Australia was very different to how we know it today. As a part of a lush supercontinent called Gondwana, Australia was home to thousands of different species of plants, animals.......

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A Brief History of Men's Rings: The "Boulder" Choice

Date Posted : Apr 09, 2021
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 807
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Since ancient times, rings have remained one of the most integral types of men’s jewellery. As icons of power, status, and wealth, men’s rings were an expression of their wearer’s mo.......

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Smile Hodgie! The Legend of Harold Hodges + His Opal Teeth

Date Posted : Feb 22, 2021
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 2392
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The famous town of Lightning Ridge is well known for a variety of reasons, most notably, the black opal trade. However, as anyone who has visited “The Ridge” can attest, the heart of the t.......

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Germans + Gemstones: Australian Opal, Altmann + Cherny, and Arno's Wall

Date Posted : Jan 08, 2021
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 20867
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It is a well known fact that the Australian opal mining industry is a diverse community that has welcomed immigrants and minorities into its ranks, even during times of great social tension. One such .......

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The Role of Opal in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Date Posted : Nov 13, 2020
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 5711
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Although it is known as “Australia’s National Gemstone”, opal has had a relatively short cultural impact on the nation’s identity. It has only been 120 years since the opal min.......

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The Church of St. Elijah and the Incredible Legacy of Coober Pedy's Serbian Opal Mining Community

Date Posted : Sep 14, 2020
Category : McKenna Mulvany
Views : 69003
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Coober Pedy is one of the most famous, and unique, historical landmarks in Australia. Ever since opal was discovered in the northern South Australia town in 1915, Coober Pedy has been a home to severa.......

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