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Photo from The Observer – page 23, Saturday 10th December 1921. Page title ‘Lure of the Opal – Novel Village of Coober Pedy’

Photo title “Preliminary work in connection with the construction of a 500,000 gallon concrete tank, which will cost many thousands of pounds”

“In the heart of the Stuart Range, 170 miles from Kingoonya, on the East West Line, is one of the most primitive and novel little villages in Australia. It is called ‘Coober Pedy’, the Aboriginal phrase for ‘white man living in a hole’ and is the home of the South Australian opal. The whole population of between 70 and 80 people live in dugouts on the side of a hill. The opal bearing country may be traced for 40 miles”.

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