In this video, Dr. Elizabeth Smith from the Australian Opal Centre shows us part of the AOC's amazing collection of fossilised shelled creatures: snails and mussels!
In this video, Barbara from the Lightning Ridge Historical Society shows us an early relic of the Lightning Ridge opal fields -- the pocket watch of the industry founder, Charlie Nettleton.
In this video, Dr. Elizabeth Smith from the Australian Opal Centre opens a box of donations, a collection of incredible opalised fossils from 110 million years ago, all found in the same location.
Collarenebri, in northern New South Wales, Australia, missed out by 'that much' on having its own railway station. Instead, the planned line was cancelled nine miles from the town. In this video, we explore Pokataroo, the end of the line, and discuss what might have happened if the line had been completed to its planned terminus.
It's not easy separating fossils from everything else that comes out of the ground -- especially when some of it plays tricks on you!
In this video, Dr. Elizabeth Smith of the Australian Opal Centre in Lightning Ridge, NSW, Australia, demonstrates some of the imposters, illusions and complications in the process of identifying fossil material found on the opal fields.
In this video I meet up with Ross Jackson, project manager for the NSWGR 900/800/700 Class "DEB Set" restoration project. These guys are working tirelessly to restore a NSW Government Railways railcar set that ran up until the 1980s, servicing most of New South Wales. Here, we take a tour of the train and discuss the future of the project!
We meet up with Barbara from the Lightning Ridge Historical Society to learn about how Lightning Ridge was named, and what it was called before it was Lightning Ridge!
The man with the opal teeth: Harold Hodges' teeth are one of the strangest and most popular items in the Australian Opal Centre's collection of mining heritage and cultural artifacts. In this video, we check out the teeth, the man, and the trams that make up this bizarre but awesome story. Thanks, as always, to the AOC for their support and access to their awesome things, and thanks to Barbara from the LRHS for her insight and participation!
I spoke to Dr. Elizabeth Smith at the Australian Opal Centre in Lightning Ridge about how these bizarre stony lumps inside the head of a crayfish allow the creature to grow as it matures.