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Only two hundred men dug where perhaps two thousand once had dug, and
Ophir was in its long decline. Today, by the weeping willows and the gravel drifts,
a lonely obelisk spells the names of the gold-finders, for there is neither ink nor ...
Others rode eight hundred miles overland by coastal sands, drinking brackish
water from wells where pearlers called, eating salted beef which dried hard in the
pack bags, and plagued with flies by day and mosquitoes by night. On the way ...
a history of Australian mining Geoffrey Blainey. 1884 a reporter went out behind a
pair of ponies to find a hundred men at work and the battery crushing night and
day. Astonished at the bustle he became suspicious when the manager refused ...
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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