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01 February -Coober Pedy, the place of underground living.

Unread postby Max ADU » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:41 pm

Australian History
Monday, February 1,

**see video below

1915 - Opal is first discovered in Coober Pedy, Australia.
Coober Pedy is a small
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town located in South Australia's central north, 685kms south of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway and 846kms north of Adelaide.

According to the 2011 census, its population was 1,695 (953 males, 742 females, including 275 indigenous Australians)

Opal Capital of the World
Coober Pedy is known as the "Opal Capital of the World", but the first opals were discovered accidentally by a gold prospecting party while making camp on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert on 1 February 1915.

As word spread throughout Australia, opal miners moved in, the settlement name of Stuart Range Opal Field, after explorer John McDouall Stuart who made the first crossing of the Australian continent from south to north and back.

Coober Pedy today relies
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as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability.

Coober Pedy has over 70 opal fields and is the largest opal mining area in the world.


Glorious Jubilee
Glorious Jubilee is the
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world's largest black opal from Lightning Ridge of Australia; the opal weights 775 carats with Gray base multi colors.

Ground Hogs
Finding the extremes of summer and winter temperatures almost unendurable, miners solved the problem by digging out underground homes to help insulate them against the excessive summer daytime heat and the bitterly cold winter nights.

The name of the settlement was changed to Coober Pedy in 1920: it is believed to have been derived from the aboriginal words Kupa pita meaning "White man in a hole or burrow". Coober Pedy was officially designated a town in 1960.

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Re: 01 February -Coober Pedy, the place of underground livin

Unread postby Max ADU » Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:31 pm

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