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Mulgas rush is a field in the Grawin area and was discovered in late 1999. This area was the centre of a major rush with more than 500 mineral claims being granted. The main rush had its peak here in the 1970s and the rush was so intense that many miners were fighting for claims on this field. There are still fiery disputes going through court today.
Problems in retrieving the opals from under the road, where no mining equipment was allowed, were solved by digging in from the claims next door. The agreements that were made behind closed doors to reach the opals often turned into broken deals and promises.
The main road running across the ridges between Grawin and Sheepyard became the centre of Mulgas rush. For many years, hundreds of miners used this road daily, without knowing the potential of this ground. Finally, it made a few diggers walk away as millionaires. Mulgas is still producing top quality seam opals.
The location of this field is 15 km North of Lightning Ridge. This rush started in the middle of the 1990s, and the miners are now up for a new task with extremely hard opal dirt where the hard digging is far more costly and difficult.
Wyoming was discovered by two young miners who borrowed a drilling rig from a friend to do some prospecting on the side of the hill. After putting down a few test holes, their fortune was made when they brought many black opals out of the ground.
This field soon looked like a war zone, with machinery of all kinds everywhere. A few prospecting drill holes brought enough opals to give the claim owner a luxury life on the Australian coast. Trucks carrying more than $100,000 dollars worth of opal were not uncommon.
The excellent bright gems are found from a depth between 5-15 metres. Our experience makes us believe that our claim on this field has the most potential. However, with opal mining, no one can ever tell.
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