In 1870 the first paying Queensland opal field was discovered by the partners Berkelman and Lambert on their large cattle and sheep station at Listowel on the Barcoo River. This opal find attracted considerable interest in London when shown in the Queensland Annexe to the London International Exhibition of 1873.
The image shows the Wartski shop no later than 1930, with their recently acquired Russian treasures unpacked. The tail of the Tyrannosaurus Rex to be seen sticking out from behind the box on the opal table the edge of which is just visible.
For further information please click on the link An extremely rare Queensland Opal Table Top