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by Geoffrey Blainey, revised 1970 edition, hardcover with dustjacket. Small inscription ffep, the book itself is in very good clean condition. The dustjacket has small tears along the edges.

Few great mines of the world have had such a dramatic struggle for survival as Mount Isa. This book recounts that struggle. The red ranges to north-west Queensland have taunted men for a century with a mirage of easy wealth. The first prospectors died from thirst, fever, bad rum, spears of the blacks or went away disillusioned. The first mines were worked with machinery dragged across vast plains by horse teams. This was perhaps Australia's harshest mining frontier. Mines in the Spinifex is both a fascinating history and a clear survey of the problems which Australia has to master if it is to populate its huge wastelands.

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