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Published April 14th 2013
The most amazing home ever created
As a visitor to Harry's home, you may feel like you have stepped into some other time dimension or dropped into some alien universe.
Harry has a great love for the female form, evident throughout. *Copyright Lesley Mitchell
Great article, Lesley! I visited there as a young backpacker years ago and found it intriguing too. Bryony...it's not paper mache, although it does appear to be. It's actually all underground...kind of like a man-made cave. Coober Pedy is in the arid country of central Australia where it gets very hot. To escape the heat, many miners live in what are called dug-outs, houses which are dug out of the ground. Quite a few of these are rather fancy, although most are pretty rustic! Some miners have even found valuable opals while they've been excavating their homes!
Hey Carolyn, I know a funny tale like that too. There was a miner who lived there for 40 years in the hopes of striking it lucky, every day he went out to the mines.
After 40 unsuccessful years, he sold his underground home and moved to the city.
The new owner was a foot taller and not wanting to redo all the flooring in the home he decided to go up and make the roof 1 roof higher.
Sure enough, just above the bed, he struck $3million in opals.
For 40 years the miner had been sleeping under his millions.
Went there as a kid and it was like an Alice in Wonderland adventure. The most memorable thing for me was the giant pink ladies torso complete with the appropriate anatomical parts. Harry encouraged my then 3 year old brother to touch the belly button and surprise it played music! So sad to hear that such a character of the outback has passed, but so good to know that his efforts are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Coober Pedy may not look like much on the surface, but it is such a fascinating place to visit, not to mention all the beautiful opals!