Radium Hill Historical Association

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Early Workings

Mr Smith worked the mine for the next two years and Sir Douglas Mawson, An Outstanding geologist and explorer, names the mineral 'Davidite' which contained Radium, Uraniam plus ilmenite, rutile, magnetit, hematite,pyrite, chalcopyrite intergrown with quartz and biotite, together with minor amounts of chromium, vanadium and molybdenum.

The claim lapsed in 1908 but was then taken up by the Radium Hill company when more shafts were sunk and a total of 350 milligrams of radium were prepared, together with 150 kg of uranium.

Radium Keith Lively was born at the mine in 1913. The miners and their familes lived in tents and humpies on the banks of Olary Creek. Minin ceased in 1914 at the outbreak of World War I. In 1923 the Radium and rare Earth treatment Company N.L restarted mining operations, which ceased in 1931. Radium Lively's elder brother harry was a minor who suffered the only serious accident during this time when while "bogging out" his shovel struck a detonator which exploded and caused his shovel to take off his left heel.

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