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Early morning on opal field

Early morning on the opal field

Sunset in Opalton

Sunset at Opalton

Boulder opal country

Boulder opal country

Boulder opal country

Boulder opal country

Jacky with dead tree

Jacky with a dead tree
in Elvo

Kangaroo in Opalton

Kangaroo in Opalton

Big goanna in Opalton

Big goanna in Opalton

Spinifex pigeon in Opalton

Spinifex pigeon in Opalton

Brolgas in Opalton

Brolgas in Opalton

Black headed python on the side of the Opalton road

Black headed python on the side of the Opalton road

Wild camels in Elvo

Wild camels in Elvo

Wild camels in Elvo

Wild camels in Elvo

Jacky diggind a mine shaft

Jacky diggind an opal mine shaft
with pick and shovel and hand winch
in our opal ming claim in Opalton (1990)

generator with electric jackpick

Our 1st generator
with electric jackpick
for opal mining
(Opalton 1991)

Start of a mine shaft

Start of an opal mine shaft by hand
with an electric jackpick
in our opal ming claim
(Opalton 1991)

Elisabeth checking the mullock

Elisabeth checking an opal mine mullock
for missed opals (Carbine 1993)

Jacky cutting opal

Jacky cutting opal
at home in Winton
(July 1993)

Mobile camp in Opalton

Our mobile opal mining camp in Opalton
(1993)

Camp on Drago Batinic's mining lease

Our mobile opal mining camp
on Drago Batinic's opal mining lease (1993)

Elisabeth sitting on mullock hip

Elisabeth sitting
on one of our opal mine mullock heaps
(Opalton 1993)

Elisabeth enjoying some fresh air

Elisabeth enjoying some fresh air
(Opalton 1993)

Elisabeth with a billy can

Elisabeth with a billy can
(Opalton July 1993)

Jacky underground

Jacky, 12 metres underground,
in our opal mine
in Opalton in 1994

Jacky & Lubo starting to dig a mine shaft

Jacky & Lubo starting to dig an opal mine shaft
with an air jackpick in Opalton
(in 1995?)

Refuelling the back-hoe

Refuelling our back-hoe
when travelling from Opalton to Elvo
to start mining in our new opal mining lease
(85 km trip)

Mobile camp at Elvo station

Our mobile opal mining camp on our Elvo opal mining lease

(1995)

Digging with back-hoe

Digging with our back-hoe
in our opal mining lease
in Elvo

Mobile camp with bush shower

Our mobile opal mining camp with bush shower
on our opal mining lease in Elvo (1995)

Back-filling with front end loader

Back-filling our opal mining lease
with our front end loader
(in Elvo in 1995)

Back-filling with front end loader

Back-filling our opal mining lease
with our front end loader
(in Elvo in 1995)

Working with back-hoe/front end loader

Working with our back-hoe/front end loader
on our opal mining lease in Elvo
(1995)

Working on Tesslar's mining lease

Working on Tesslar's opal mining lease,
in Opalton in 1997
with our back-hoe/front end loader

Working on Tesslar's mining lease

Working on Tesslar's opal mining lease,
in Opalton in 1997,
with our back-hoe/front end loader

Working on Tesslar's mining lease

Working on Tesslar's opal mining lease,
in Opalton in 1997,
with our back-hoe/front end loader

Working on Tesslar's mining lease

Working on Tesslar's opal mining lease,
in Opalton in 1997,
with our back-hoe/front end loader

Jacky digging with back-hoe

Jacky digging with our back-hoe,
in our Opalton opal mining lease (1997)

Jacky thinking

Jacky, 12 metres down in our opal mine in Opalton, thinking :
where to dig next?
(1998)

Elisabeth underground with hand winch

Elisabeth, 12 metres deep underground in our opal mine in Opalton,
with the hand winch
(1998)

Hand winch on top of monkey hole

Hand winch 12 metres deep underground,
in our Opalton opal mine, on top of a started monkey hole
being dug to reach the 2nd opal level,
(another 6 metres further down
to dig in 1998)

Elisabeth and hand winch

Elisabeth pulling dirt out of monkey shaft
12 metres deep underground,
in our Opalton opal mine
in 1998

Elisabeth underground

Elisabeth 12 metres deep underground
in our Opalton opal mine in August 1998

Travelling with prospecting drill

Going to Winton with our prospecting drill
mounted on a Diamond T truck
purchased in Andamooka
(1998)

Travelling to Winton with prospecting drill

Travelling to Winton with our prospecting drill
purchased in Andamooka
(1998)

Stopped by police

Stopped by police before Cloncurry
because I was travelling to slow on the
high-way with the prospectind drill (1998)

Repairing the HighWay drill

Repairing our prospecting drill
(Back yard home in Winton in 1998)

Showing a galvanised pipe, laid on the floor of the tunnel

Showing a galvanised pipe laid on the floor of the tunnel,
and oiled to help sliding a 60 litres bucket full of dirt to the hoist,
12 metres deep underground,
in our Opalton opal mine

Elisabeth with electric jackpick

Elisabeth with electric jackpick
12 metres deep underground,
in our Opalton opal mine

Len Cram underground

Len Cram (famous opal photographer)
underground in our Opalton opal mine
taking photos for his book (2000)

Elisabeth going down our mine shaft

Elisabeth going down
our 12 metres deep,
Opalton opal mine,
in June 2000

Jacky digging with an electric jackpick

Jacky digging
12 metres deep underground,
in our Opalton opal mine
with an electric jackpick
in 2000

Traces of opal in the opal level
in our Opalton opal mine,
18 metres underground,
in 2000

Rough boulder opals we have mined in Opalton

Rough boulder opals
we have mined in our Opalton opal mine
(June 2000)

Jacky pressure cleaning boulder opals we have mined

Jacky pressure cleaning
rough boulder opals
we have mined in Opalton
(At home in Winton September 2000)

Our Opalton camp

Our Opalton opal mining camp for many years
(2000)

Lace monitor in camp

Lace monitor on holidays
in the ceiling of our opal mining camp
in Opalton

Beautiful spider

Beautiful spider
in our Opalton opal mining camp

Our Opalton camp after a tornado

Our Opalton opal mining camp
after a damaging whirly-wind (tornado)
(in 2001)

Our Opalton camp after a tornado

Our Opalton opal mining camp
after a damaging whirly-wind (tornado)
(in 2001)

Our Opalton camp after a tornado

Our Opalton opal mining camp
after a damaging whirly-wind (tornado)
in 2001

Our Opalton camp after a tornado

Our Opalton opal mining camp
after a damaging whirly-wind (tornado)
in 2001

Jacky repairing the roof of our Opalton camp

Jacky repairing the damaged roof
of our Opalton opal mining camp
after the tornado
in 2001

Jacky polishing opals

Jacky at home in Winton
polishing opals we have mined,
with diamond compound
(January 2001)

Elisabeth cutting opal

Elisabeth at home in Winton ,
cutting opals we have mined
(January 2001)

Rough boulder opals

Boulder opals
we have mined in our opal mine
in Opalton
(July 2001)

Sawed boulder opals

Boulder opals
we have mined in our opal mine in Opalton
and sawed by Jacky
(July 2001)

Digging on on prospecting lease

Digging on our prospecting lease
in Opalton in 2003

Tailgating at opal xpo winton-2003

Selling our opals
at the 2003 Winton opal xpo

Checking the HighWay drill

Checking our prospecting drill
at home, in Winton in November 2004

Prospecting drill ready to work

Is our prospecting drill finally ready to work?
(Home back yard in Winton 2004)

Prospecting drill

Our prospecting drill ready for prospecting
(Home back yard in Winton 2004)

Traces of opal in opal level

Traces of opal in the opal level
of our Opalton opal mine,
18 metres deep underground,
in 2005

Traces of opal

Small trace of opal
in the broken rocks,
after blasting the opal level
of our Opalton opal mine,
18 metres deep underground,
in 2005

Traces of opal

Traces of opal in the opal level
of our Opalton opal mine,
18 metres deep underground,
in 2005

Elisabeth underground

Elisabeth, 18 metres underground
in our opal mine in Opalton,
in 2006

New permanent camp in Opalton

Our new and last permanent opal ming camp in Opalton
with flush toilet, electricity (solar panels), 4 big water tanks, washing machine
High class living on the opal field
(2007)

Pepsi, the lace monitor

Looks like Pepsi, the lace monitor, is visiting Branko too
(Opalton 2007)

Pepsi, the lace monitor

Branko won't mind, just come in
(Opalton 2007)

Pepsi, the lace monitor

Good bye, Pepsy
(Opalton 2007)

Small hand mining claims

Small hand mining claims
in Opalton

Our air compressor,  generator and motorised hoist

Our air compressor, generator
and motorised hoist
on our Opalton opal mining claim (2007)

View from the bottom of the mining shaft

View from the bottom of the 2nd opal level,
of the mining shaft we have dug by hand,
60 feet deep,
in our Opalton opal mine (June 2007)

Elisabeth with diesel air compressor

Elisabeth with our diesel air compressor
in our Opalton mining camp (2007)

Jacky with diesel air compressor

Jacky with our diesel air compressor
in our Opalton ming camp (2007)

Elisabeth and motorised hoist

Elisabeth and our motorised hoist
on our Opalton mining claim
in Opalton

Elisabeth and fireplace in camp

Elisabeth and fireplace in our Opalton mining camp
(2007)

Elisabeth and small vegie garden

Elisabeth and our small vegie garden
in our Opalton mining camp (2007)

Elisabeth and jackpick

Elisabeth digging
with an air jackpick,
18 metres underground,
in our Opalton opal mine
in June 2007

Elisabeth jackhammering

Elisabeth digging
with an air jackpick,
18 metres underground,
in our Opalton opal mine
in June 2007

Elisabeth jackhammering

Elisabeth digging
with an air jackpick,
18 metres underground,
in our Opalton opal mine
in 2007

Elisabeth jackhammering

Elisabeth digging hard
with an air jackpick,
18 metres underground,
in our Opalton opal mine
in 2007

Jacky hard at work underground

Jacky starting to dig a new tunnel
with an air jackpick,
18 metres underground,
in our Opalton opal mine
in 2007

Fixing our motorised hoist

Fixing our motorised hoist
on our Opalton opal mining claim

Motorised hoist at dusk

Our motorised hoist at dusk
on our Opalton opal mining claim

Motorised hoist in daytime

Our motorised hoist in daytime
on our Opalton opal mining claim

Jacky working underground

Jacky digging a new tunnel
with an air jackpick,
in our Opalton opal mine,
18 metres deep underground, in 2009

HiWay drill on a Diamond T truck

Our jackpicks and electric drill gathered,
before closing down our Opalton opal mine for the year,
in July 2009

Elisabeth with the jackpicks and drill

Elisabeth with our tools gathered,
before closing down our Opalton opal mine for the year,
in July 2009

Elisabeth with the tools gathered and the trolley

Elisabeth with our tools gathered
and the trolley used underground,
before closing down our Opalton opal mine for the year
in July 2009

Elisabeth closing the gate

Elisabeth closing our Opalton opal mining camp gate.
We are going home to Winton to spend the summer
(in 2010)

Jacky with motorised hoist

Jacky with our motorised hoist
on our opal mining claim in Opalton in 2010

Elisabeth with Opalton road sign

Elisabeth with an Opalton road sign
(2010)

Pipe opal in boulder

Rough pipe opal in boulder
we have mined,18 metres deep underground,
in our Opalton opal mine in 2000

Jacky with 20 inch drop diamond saw

Jacky sawing some big rough boulder opals we have mined
in our Opalton opal mine,
with a petrol driven 20 inch drop diamond saw,
at home in Winton

Elisabeth cutting opal

Elisabeth at home in Cardwell,
cutting opal we have mined in Opalton.
(2010)

Jacky servicing the motorised hoist

Jacky servicing our motorised hoist
on our Opalton opal mining claim (2010)

Our motorised hoist connected to the mining shaft

Our motorised hoist ,
connected to the opal mining shaft
on our Opalton opal mining claim

Jacky with electric jackpick

Jacky digging with an electric jackpick,
18 metres deep underground, in our Opalton opal mine
in 2011

Jacky with air jackpick

Jacky digging with an air jackpick,
18 metres deep underground, in our Opalton opal mine,
in 2011

Elisabeth smiling

Elisabeth smiling,
18 metres deep underground,
in our opal mine in Opalton

Some of the underground tunnels Jacky and Elisabeth dug by hand

Some of the underground tunnels
18 metres deep underground,
we have dug by hand
in our Opalton opal mine (2011)

Elisabeth smiling underground in our opal mine

Elisabeth smiling
18 metres deep underground,
in our opal mine
in Opalton

Entrance to Ball Room

Entrance to Ball Room underground
(Opalton)

Mining shaft view from bottom

A 12 metres deep opal mining shaft
we dug by hand,
in our opal mine in Opalton.
Viewed from the bottom

Shaft view from the surface

An 18 metres deep mining shaft,
we dug by hand
in our opal mine in Opalton.
Viewed from the top

Underground

18 metres deep underground tunnels
we dug by hand
in our opal mine in Opalton
(in 2000)

Air cooler in underground tunnel

House air cooler in an underground tunnel
of our opal mine in Opalton
(in 2000)

Jacky checking after blasting

Jacky checking the rocks
after blasting the 2nd opal level,
of our Opalton opal mine,
18 metres deep underground

Hide and seek

Playing hide and seek underground
12 metres deep underground,
in our Opalton opal mine
(2000)

Jacky in front of the start of a new tunnel

Jacky in front of the start of a new tunnel
18 metres deep underground
in our Opalton opal mine

Underground tunnel and trolley

The trolley that Elisabeth uses to carry the dirt to the motorised hoist
18 metres deep underground
in our Opalton opal mine

Bottom of the shaft

Bottom of the shaft with our motorised hoist ladder
fixed to the wall,
18 metres deep underground,
in our Opalton opal mine

bottom of the automatic hoist

View of the bottom of our motorised hoist ladder,
12 metres deep,
in our Opalton opal mine

Rough boulder opal

Some of the rough boulder opal matrix
we have mined in our Opalton opal mine.

Rough boulder opal

Some rough boulder opals
we have mined in our Opalton opal mine.

Rough boulder opals

A rough boulder opal split
that we have mined in our Opalton opal mine

Tray of boulder opals

Tray of boulder opals
we have mined in our Opalton opal mine,
and half processed by Jacky

Tray of boulder matrix opals we have mined in our Opalton opal mine

Tray of boulder matrix opals
we have mined in our Opalton opal mine,
preformed and sanded by Jacky.

Large pipe opal specimen

Large pipe opal specimen
we have mined in Elvo in 1995

Large pipe opal specimen we have mined

Large pipe opal specimen
we have mined in Elvo in 1995