The Man from Bolshevik Gully

an Illustrated Memoir of Life in Coober Pedy 1958-1980

Author: George Cettl
Pages: 124
Language: English
Publication date: 28/07/2020
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A Czech WW2 refugee's life in the wild, outback Australian frontier

One of the original miners of the wild, frontier opal mining community of Coober Pedy, South Australia recollects life in the town during its heyday, when it was virtually cut off from the rest of the country, without TV, radio or even running water, and accessible only via inhospitable dirt roads. Yet the opal mined there, and the jewelry made, was distributed throughout the world. It was a vibrant time to be in the prime of one's life, though the hardship of raising a family there was unique in the world. From the central drive-in movie theater to the development of a thriving tourist trade, this authentic memoir depicts an Australia that few have ever read about or know about.

"It was never my intention to write about Coober Pedy as per the statistics pages. For this you can contact the mining department and they will give you all the statistical information you want. What I wanted to do was to document the everyday life and small adventures of the people who built this unique town in the middle of nowhere. Every one of them deserve their names in the history books in a much better way than I am capable of doing and I hope somebody someday will properly do so. The illustrations in this volume are primarily from my return trip to Coober in 2013, with the assistance of my son, although there are also original and archival photographs of the time I was originally there. My intent by including them is to give a cumulative, parallel impression while reading about the town’s history of the way it appears today to those passing through. I remember it differently of course, but it is what it is." (George Cettl)
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