Mintabie Opal Mining

Photos from Peters opal  mining days at Mintabie South Australia. Click the image to view a full size version.

Old fields late 1980's Mintabie Opal FieldsOld fields approx 1980 Mintabie Opal Fields

Approaching Mintabie early days

Approaching Mintabie early days

Our first permanent camp, Mintabie

Our first permanent camp, Mintabie

best crystal opal from our mine

Best crystal opal from our mine

A great pocket of gem opal

A great pocket of gem opal

Thick black opal seam

Thick black opal seam

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Peter classing opal

Peter classing opal

 

Drilling to blast the cap rock for bulldozer cut on our Watertank claim

Drilling to blast the cap rock for bulldozer cut on our Watertank claim

Drilling for exposives


Drilling for exposives

Kim & Robert

Kim & Robert

 

Storm approaching Mintabie

Storm approaching Mintabie

Our Watertank claim

Our Watertank claim

Drilling shaft on Watertank claim



Drilling shaft on our Watertank claim

Kim on top of our Watertank claim

Kim on top of our Watertank claim

 

Coffee Break - Peter and Robert down the mine


Coffee Break – Peter and Robert down the mine

Peter checking trace

Peter checking trace

Peppa the mining dog outside the camp

Peppa the mining dog outside the camp

 

Robert making explosive charge

Robert making explosive charge

Game of Soccer on day off from mining

Game of Soccer on day off from mining

Where did that bloody ball go?

Where did that bloody ball go?

King stone from one of our pockets

King stone from one of our pockets

 

Beautiful Opal from our Crystal Valley mine

Beautiful Opal from our Crystal Valley mine

Red and green on Black Opal....the best of the pocket Old Field

Red and green on Black Opal….the best of the pocket – Old Field

Large beautiful semi black Opal from our Wayertank claim

Large beautiful semi black Opal from our Water tank claim

 

Mintabie Opal....Cut and rough

Mintabie Opal….Cut and rough

Bruno---masterchef of the Mintabie progress association (And top quality miner

Bruno—masterchef of the Mintabie progress association (And top quality miner

Building our first permanent mining camp

Building our first permanent mining camp

 

Sunset over Mintabie

Sunset over Mintabie

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One comment on “Mintabie Opal Mining
  1. Alvaro says:

    I have passed a wonderful time reading the complete story. For person like me, from a country without gemmy opals this reading was a very interesting wintow to Australian opal fields.

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