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Mineral Sample - Mica, Harts Range, 1940s Object Reg. No: SH 000933

Mica sample, mined in the 1940s by Gigetto Vendramini, in the Harts Range, 150kms north of Alice Springs, Central Australia. Gigetto was the son of Innocente Vendramini, he was born on 24 October 1916 in Caerano San Marco, Treviso, Veneto. In 1935 he joined his father in Australia, arriving on board the Romolo on 22 September. Soon after disembarking in Melbourne he travelled to Alice Spring to work with his father Innocente who was mining mica in the Harts Ranges. At the outbreak of World War II in 1940 Gigetto was interned, however he was soon released. He continued to mine mica until 1949. His mother, 4 sisters, a brother and a niece joined his father Innocente in Melbourne in 1936. Mica was an insulator used in electric motors.
Thin square shaped sample of mica. The sample is clear with purple crystals throughout the sample in straight lines.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Phil Magris, 2000
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: italian communities, italian immigration, immigration, minerals, mining
Themes this item is part of: Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Employment
Tertiary Classification: mineral samples
Mined By: Mr Gigetto Vendramini, Northern Territory, Australia, 1940s
Place & Date Made: Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, 1940s


Alan Moffat Posted on 16 Jun 2013 11:24 PM
My father, Kenneth Dudley Moffat, drilled for water at the Hartz Ra mica mines area during WW2 with the CCC directing him to go from Brisbane to Adelaide to pick up boring equipment and take them to Alice Srpings via rail, then to the mining sites. He found underground water supplies for the communities.

I have his personal journals of the time if anyone is interested. Alan Moffat, QLD.

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