Very interesting news from Coober Pedy! In the far north of the Coober Pedy Precious Stones Field a new opal deposit has been found by John Dunston and his mining partner Paul Reynolds. John recalled finding opal floaters in this area in 1968, so after quite a dry spell of mining, John and Paul began doing some test drilling in the area in early July 2011. Opal finally showed up after putting down 30 holes in this area. They jumped 30 feet from the first shaft where opal with color was found, then 60 feet and finally 90 feet and good opal was found in all test holes. They finally put down a total of 12 shafts, after finding opal, with Paul’s 1 meter diameter Calweld Drill and good color was found in all, with gorgeous blue/green crystal found in the last. John and Paul plan to excavate an open-cut claim of their find using bulldozers and excavators to recover more of this elusive blue/green crystal opal.
The opalfield name “Donna’s Rush” was named to commemorate John’s daughter Donna who tragically drowned in a swimming accident in the Coober Pedy swimming pool.
The August 4th 2011 edition of the Coober Regional Pedy Times has a great story of Donna’s Rush Opalfield along with pictures of the opalfield and the blue/green crystal that Paul and John drilled up from the shafts.