Category: Peter’s Story

Peter’s Story is a series of articles written by Peter for a magazine called Metal Stone and Glass. The magazine is published every 3 months and to be fair to the magazine, the stories will appear on the web site shortly after they are published.

Peters Story Part 26

The Last Claim I had just finished the exhilarating task of digging out a large pocket of exquisite opal from our Prize Fighter claim. It was towards the end of the year and I was on an absolute high. Not

Peter’s Story Part 25

The prize fighter claim – Part 2 I felt on top of the world and digging out breathtaking opal in our newly named “Prize-fighter Claim”. The opal seam was becoming wider by the day and there was some wonderful opal

Peter’s Story Part 24

The prize fighter claim Stafford owned an investigator drilling rig and had been grid drilling a claim he owned beside a successful finished claim. This claim had produced quite a large amount of opal and was in a productive area

Peter’s Story Part 23

The Bits and Pieces claim We had just found an incredible pocket of black opal in our Jet Black claim and I was still on a high. I had roughly faced a couple of stones at Mintabie and the result

Peter’s Story Part 22

The Jet Black Opal Claim I was feeling intensely excited and keen to get back to Mintabie and start work on the Jet Black Opal claim. I had a good feeling and as a lot of miners will tell you

Peter’s Story Part 21

Return to Mintabie Mintabie is a long 3 days drive from Canberra and I swear crossing the Hay plain that every blade of grass, every salt bush and the three trees on it had not changed since we crossed last.

Peter’s Story Part 20

My Life in Turmoil My life, now in a perceived state of upheaval was in turmoil. I was feeling totally insecure with our permanent return to Canberra. With our mining days at Mintabie finished and all bridges burnt, with the

Peter’s Story Part 19

Finding the Balance Running my shop ‘Mineshaft’ and being a full time opal miner made my life very busy. Somehow amongst all this I had to juggle a marriage and spend time with our young son Michael. There are periods in

Peter’s Story Part 18

Preparing a New Opal Mine We had bottomed on opal at our new grasshopper claim and were really keen to go down and dig it out. This might appear a ‘ready set go’ procedure but the fact is there is quite

Peter’s Story Part 17

A Comfortable Routine My life had developed a certain comfortable routine over the time we had been mining at Mintabie. Whilst in Canberra I would run our business and around Easter, when the weather cooled, we would drive the 3000