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Coober Pedy
Title : Coober Pedy Coober Pedy
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Creator : Walpole, E. L., photographer
Date of creation : ca. 1930
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 162 x 214 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :
Opal Fields at Coober Pedy. In 1915 teenager Willie Hutchinson was prospecting for gold with his father and found the first opal at Coober Pedy. Opal is a form of silica. The arrangement of the silica spheres within the mineral produces the spectrum of colours that we see.
Period : 1927-1939
Place : Coober Pedy
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Crilly, Kath. The discovery of Coober Pedy, Norwood, SA: Coober Pedy Historical Socierty, c1990

Medway, Kerry. Coober Pedy: opal wonderland of Australia, Port Macquarie, NSW: Bushwacker Publishing, [1987]
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