A calcite romb from the famous and historic Garibaldi mine, Tabulam, NSW. It features sharp, cleaved romb, translucent, colorless habit calcite. To put the historical nature of this mine into context here is a quote from “The Forgotten Country” ““There arrived in Lionsville c. 1924, a German, Dr. Stroebal, and soon a new sensation stirred the district. The crystal was to be sent to Germany for the manufacture of “high quality lenses”. “and as each piece came out, a crate must be tailored to fit it…..It has been said that Dr Stroebal travelled to Grafton each time a consignment went out and personally saw it shipped safely away to Germany….” Specimens from this mine are now very uncommon. A more complete story can be found of this amazing mines discovery, thanks Tony Forsyth, follow this link, I cant recommend it too highly! Allso the book the ‘The Forgotten Country” has an even more detailed description of the discovery and development of the mine. http://www.mineral.org.au/news/garibaldi.html
GARIBALDI MINE, TABULAM, NSW.
33 x 16 x 14mm.