I am the host of this website, Aussie Opal Books.
I reside in Eden, a small coastal town on the far south
coast of New South Wales, Australia, which is about 1,000
km. south from another town which I also love very dearly,
Lightning Ridge, home of the Black Opal.
About 15 years ago a mate took me on a fossicking trip to
Emerald New South Wales, looking for sapphires. We found
quite a few with some very good cutters amongst them.
It was then that I was bitten by the fossicking bug. Since
that trip I have been searching out many different gemstones
throughout New South Wales and many parts of Queensland.
Topaz, Zircon, Sapphire, Garnet, Peridot, to name a few.
On one such trip I called in to a little place called "Yowah"
near Cunnamulla in South West Queensland. It was here that
I fell in love with Opal.
Back in 1990 a local jeweller by the name of Bud Severs,
said I should go to Lightning Ridge for a look around. The
people at the "Ridge" were very friendly and accommodating,
it was'nt long before I was treated to tours of the fields
and some of the opal mines.
I knew that this was the gem that I wanted to work with,so
I purchased some cutting and polishing machinery and taught
myself how to cut opal.
A very good friend David "Tubby" Smith sold me my first
parcel of rough opal.
After that I took up my own opal mine at "Kevin's Rush"
on the Coocoran field.
While learning to cut opal I purchased quite a few books
on the subject, It was here that my next interest began.
My collection over the years has become very extensive which
includes some very rare and hard to find books and literature.
This book site is
to supply specialised books and literature to other interested
people who may have also been bitten by the Opal Bug.
'This is a view across the "Smith's 6" opal field in Lightning
Ridge showing mullock heaps scattered about.
To the left is a machine mounted on a truck, this is called a blower.
It is like a super vacuum cleaner which sucks up the opal dirt from
the floor of the mine to the surface .
It is then dumped into a tip truck and taken to the agitators for