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Early morning on opal field

Early morning

on opal field


Boulder opal country

Boulder opal country


Boulder opal country

Boulder opal country


Small opal mines

Small opal mines


Sunset on opal field

Sunset on opal field


Automatic hoist

Automatic hoist


Automatic hoist

Automatic hoist


Elisabeth going down the shaft

Elisabeth going down the shaft


Elisabeth underground

Elisabeth underground


Elisabeth underground

Elisabeth underground with windlass


Air cooler underground

Air cooler underground


View from bottom of shaft

View from bottom of shaft 50 feet deep


View from top of shaft

View from top of shaft


End of gallery underground

End of gallery underground


50 feet deep underground

50 feet deep underground


Underground

Underground


Entrance to ballroom underground

Entrance to ballroom underground


Hand shaft started

Hand shaft started


Elisabeth checking mullock

Elisabeth checking mullock


Elisabeth having a rest

Elisabeth having a rest


Automatic hoist bucket on the bottom of the mine

Automatic hoist bucket 50 feet deep


Elisabeth is exhausted

Elisabeth is exhausted


Elisabeth underground

Elisabeth underground


Jacky repairing the automatic hoist

Jacky repairing the automatic hoist


Jacky and a beautiful dead tree

Jacky and

a beautiful dead tree


Starting a shaft by hand

Starting a shaft by hand with Lubo


Mining with back hoe

Jacky mining

with back hoe


Back filling with front end loader

Jacky back filling with front end loader


Back filling with front end loader

Jacky back filling with front end loader


Mining with back hoe

Jacky mining

with back hoe

Late 1990's in Opalton


Jacky mining with back hoe

Jacky mining with back hoe


Jacky mining on Tesslar's open mine, at Bold Knob (Opalton)

Jacky mining on Tesslar's open mine
at Bold Knob (Opalton)


Temporary mining camp for 5 years in Opalton in Opalton (1991)

Temporary mining camp in 1993

on Drago Batinic's New Luck opal mine


Elisabeth and Jacky Delarue'sold mining camp in Opalton (2000)

Elisabeth and Jacky Delarue's

old mining camp in Opalton (2000)


Elisabeth and Jacky Delarue's</p> <p>mobile mining camp in Elvo 2003)

Elisabeth and Jacky Delarue's

mobile mining camp in Elvo 2003


Elisabeth Delarue cutting an opal

Elisabeth Delarue

cutting an opal


Elisabeth Delarue cutting an opal

Elisabeth Delarue cutting an opal


Jacky Delarue cutting an opal in Winton in summertime

Jacky Delarue cutting an opal with carving machine in Winton in summertime


Our opal mining camp and some machinery, in boulder opal country in Opalton, Western Queensland.


Back of mining camp

Back of mining camp

showing some water tanks and satellite internet dish


Front-garden

Front vegetables garden


Diesel air compressor

Diesel air compressor

in front of the camp


HiWay drill for prospecting

HiWay drill for prospecting

mounted

on a Diamond T truck


HiWay drill on a Diamond T truck

HiWay drill for prospecting

mounted

on a Diamond T truck


HiWay drill on a Diamond T truck

Jackpicks and drill used underground


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6 videos of 3 of the best boulder opals found in our Opalton via Winton mine over the years:

1/ The Emerald sea : 1st video , 2nd video

The Emerald sea

2/ The Bird of paradise: 1st video , 2nd video

The Bird of paradise (Split part 1)   The Bird of paradise (Split part 2)

3/ The Butterfly opal: 1st video , 2nd video

Split boulder opal: The Butterfly opal