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Snippets 18 January 2006

Major floods yet in memory in this part of Australia were 1910-11, 1916-17, 1929-31, 1949-50, 1954-55, and 1974. The Coocoran Lake filled in 1910, then again in 1950, 1956, 1974, 1976, 1983, and 1990. In the 1950s, during the laying of telephone line across the Lake, 92 feet of black soil was measured. The subsequent flood measured 12 feet of water per posts set at the time. More recently, one saw the tops of fence posts. In the late 1800s, Coocoran was a small freehold parcel of land, a portion of Wamell Pastoral Lease, on the far edge of the usually dry lake.

Barbara Moritz, Secretary
26 March 2006 09:44pm
Snippets 11 Jan 06

And back to the topic of water on the opalfields, in the mid 1960s at the back of Sims Hill near the Pony Fence, a Russian father and son hand sank to 140 feet. They struck water. It was bucketed up and out, but next day, two feet of water was in the shaft. Again, the water was windlassed up, and so it continued for several days. Ivan & Josephine Abramovic were mining nearby and reported that around the shaft, lay a healthy crust of white, the residue after the water had soaked back into the earth. Salt!

Barbara Moritz, Secretary

26 March 2006 09:43pm
Snippets 4 Jan 06

Before Llanillo II Bore was sunk, 1962-63, ground water was collected in the old workings and supplemented tank water. The clearer looking water was suspicious - gypsum was probably present. Some water smelled of sulphur. If the water didn't look too good (complete with wrigglers and algae), it was alright. A fresh gidgee hole could be cleared of scum and water taken out and boiled for the next day's use. Nowadays, collected water in shafts and depressions on the opalfields is used for processing opal dirt, is pumped up on the vegie patch, and sometimes is even used for the above-ground swimming pool. Not many are totally dependant upon bore water on the opal fields. Barbara Moritz, Secretary
26 March 2006 09:41pm