Natural Black Opals and Opal Jewelry from Australia

History of Opal Mining in Australia

History of Opal Mining in Australia

Australia is the 'real' home of Opal today and the most important supplier of Black Opals, Crystal Opals and Boulder Opal. Almost 95 per cent of all Opals come from Australian mines. In 1849 the first pieces of Opal were accidentally
found on an Australian cattle station called Tarravilla . Opal mining started in 1890 at White Cliffs. Opal was discovered in the 1870's in Central Queensland. Boulder Opal is found in this vast area that is appr. 1000 kms long and 300 kms wide. Important mining centres include the towns of Yowah, Quilpie, Eromanga and Jundah. In 1901 opal mining begins at Lightning Ridge. Lightning Ridge is the home of Black Opal, the most precious variety of all opals. In 1908 opal mining begins at the Grawin-Sheepyard Field in the Lightning Ridge area, increasing the importance of the opal fields in the district.
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