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Salt lakes from which prospectors had drunk with insane thirst became some of
the first 'gold mines', yielding fortunes to men who condensed the salt water and
sold it around the towns from water carts at a penny to fourpence a gallon.
Astonished at the bustle he became suspicious when the manager refused to
divulge the gold returns. Back in Rockhampton the customs house revealed that
exports of gold were soaring, and the press knew at once the source of the gold.
These mines, the pygmies at the start of the century, became the giants. And from
1939 they controlled the entire field. Collins House was the home of the most
influential group of financiers in Australia between the wars, and that period was
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The history of mining is central to Australian history, from the gold rushes of the 1860's which brought hundreds of thousand of immigrants, to the mountain ranges of iron ore and immense natural gas ... Read full review