For many years we had 3 claims about 100 meters from the water storage tank for Mintabie. We found many pockets of opal and some of the stories in this series are about these or incidents related to them. This article is about a few incidental moments that happened and the method we used for removing the dirt from these claims.
The dirt was removed using a York Hoist. This hoist was developed to fit around scaffolding to lift building materials. They became very popular with opal miners because they were very cost efficient, easy to set up and easy to use. They were particularly popular at Andamooka opal fields and to a lesser degree, Coober Pedy.