Saturday, September 24, 2011

Australian Journal of Mineralogy Volume 3 Number 1

A Broken Hill Special Issue

Cover Photograph: Raspite with tabular stolzite, Broken Hill, Raspite crystal 4 mm long, Specimen: Museum of Victoria M33253, Photo: Frank Coffa

The Hall Collection - A Broken Hill treasure trove
A Pring

An article on the T Hall collection acquired by the South Australian Museum in 1909.

The Broken Hill mineral collection of Milton Lavers
B Day

One of the most significant collections of Broken Hill minerals remaining in Broken Hill belongs to Milton Lavers. The collection is housed in glass wall-cabinets lining three rooms, and consists of approximately two thousand specimens, varying in size from thumbnails to large museum sized specimens, all of superb quality for the species from Broken Hill. The specimens are carefully labelled and catalogued, and displayed with attention to their aesthetic quality.

Minerals of the Kintore and Block 14 open cuts at Broken Hill, NSW
B Birch and A van der Heyden

The Broken Hill silver-lead-zinc deposit, in far western New South Wales, has been a mainstay of the Australian mining industry for nearly 114 years. During this time it has also become renowned throughout the world as a source of rare, exotic and aesthetic mineral specimens. Such is its diversity, with nearly 300 recorded species, the deposit has been recognised as one of the world's 'mineralogical rainforests'.

Notes on other secondary mineral discoveries from the Broken Hill oxidised zone
B Birch and A van der Heyden

While most attention has been focused on minerals discovered in the Kintore and Block 14 open cuts, there have been interesting minerals documented from other parts of the oxidised zone over the past decade.

Minerals of the slags from Broken Hill, NSW
P Elliott

The slag resulting from smelting operations at Broken Hill, much of which is still lying where originally dumped, has also been subject to secondary alteration but the resulting minerals appear to have received little attention from mineralogists or mineral collectors.