“White Man in a Hole”
“Opal Capital of the World”
It’s a small town with a big history.
Coober Pedy has seen much change and progress since opal was first discovered in 1915, as can be seen in the two commercial museums – the Old Timers Mine and Umoona Mine and Museum. Once totally dependent on the opal industry Coober Pedy is now the regional service centre of Outback South Australia.
The Coober Pedy Historical Society, run by volunteers, maintains and preserves the town’s archives, a collection of over 4,000 documents and photos that has been recognised by the National Library of Australia as being of national significance. The Society promotes the appreciation of history through books written and published by members, articles written for the local newspaper, participation in events like the SA History Festival, Gem Trade Show and Opal Festival, and education by means of outings that are researched and presented free of charge to locals and visitors. Outings in recent years have included trips to the underground churches, old dugouts, water holes, pastoral stations, mining fields, the cemeteries and the solar distillation plant,
While our Society lacks a physical location, we maintain a display at the Visitors Information Centre and we are easily contacted by email or phone.
P O Box 216 Coober Pedy 5723
President: Nic Kingma 0439786612 Secretary: Jenny Davison 86723714 Treasurer: Sue Britt 86723542
Other FacilitiesCall in at the Visitor Information Centre in Coober Pedy where contact names and phone numbers are posted on the Historical Society display case.
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