A Brief Biography of Rene Boissevain the Agate Adventurer and Creator of The Crystal Caves Museum
In 1964 myself (René), Nelleke my spouse, and our daughter Iefje emigrated from Holland to Australia. I used to be 29 years previous and Nelleke a couple of years more youthful.
We select to are living within the tropics of Far Northern Australia, a spot unknown to many of us world wide.
Cold climate and a eager for journey was once the primary reason why to depart The Netherlands. We discovered a task within the tobacco fields. During that point we met a man from Macedonia and he presented us to a spot known as Agate Creek. I had by no means even heard the phrase agates sooner than. This was once my first creation to the arena of semi treasured stones and particularly agates.
In later years, 1965 to 1968, we went to Agate Creek with an previous Nissan Patrol. It had very primitive suspension, there have been horrible highway stipulations and getting there took two complete days.
Not many people have been there, digging for those potato having a look treasures. The so known as floor subject matter was once already long gone by way of then. To dig a hollow as much as three meters with select and shovel in dry arduous soil was once arduous paintings. The warmth, the hundreds of thousands of flies and at all times being wanting consuming water, have been the cruel instances we had to deal with. But the rewards have been so thrilling.
Digging for the agate nodules was once one thing that was once now not for the so known as “town slickers”! But coming house after 12 to 14 days to Atherton with baggage filled with agates made up for the entire blisters and sorrow, in spite of the truth, that handiest 30 to 35 %, after chopping, are excellent for creditors around the globe. We are very, very selective and type out those with flaws, fractures, dull patterns and massive crystallizations within the heart. But those which might be excellent are so gorgeous in color, patterns and design, that it’s not simple to search out comparability with different agates in other places on the planet. Mother Nature did an exquisite activity!
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These days Agate Creek remains to be an excessively fascinating position to consult with and is way more out there than within the previous days. Now, there’s a tenting floor, recent water and beautiful other people to show puts, the place you continue to can dig up some agates.
In 1996, Nelleke and I, with the 2 women went again to The Netherlands to take a look at and promote the tough agates. It was once now not a good move in any respect, because the Dutch other people didn’t know what they have been and what to do with those “Rocks”.
What now? I made up our minds to begin making jewellery from the agates. That labored and we begin making money once more. In 1969 we opened, with borrowed cash, a Museum known as “De Oude Aarde” (The Old Earth) in a spot known as Giethoorn, close to Zwolle.
Although now not ours anymore it’s nonetheless certainly one of Holland’s maximum fascinating mineralogical Museums. A should if visiting in Europe.
In 1977 we returned with the three women to Northern Queensland, to our liked Atherton Tablelands. After three years taking it simple I made up our minds to begin any other museum. This time a-dream-come-true fantasia museum, to rouse other people to the phenomenon of crystal formations from world wide. With monetary assist from Australia’s construction financial institution I construct a impressive semi-underground simulated cave museum, an journey land, a fairytale for all age teams. Visitors are provided with a miner’s helmet with gentle and a list. To entire this mini-expedition takes about an hour. It’s been the largest luck in my existence. Visitors from far and wide the arena have visited this thrilling and on the identical instructional cave-museum, with its unbelievable choice of essentially the most impressive specimens from world wide on show. Many of the bigger specimens are loose status and can also be touched. This is way preferred as you’ll be able to learn frequently in our guests e book.
The introduction of “The Crystal Caves” took 14 moths to finish, with the assistance of a devoted team of five effective other people. The grand opening was once in 1992, when the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Mr. Bob Gibbs flew in from Brisbane to accomplish the outlet. Television, newspapers and different media have been all there to give a boost to the outlet and marveled on the wonders from deep down in our Earth. You can see image of the museum at http://www.crystalcaves.com.au/ .
The closing agates, those who have been shipped to Holland, have been returned to Australia in 1977. Combined with the agates we left with pals, we are actually deciding on, chopping and sharpening them in spite of everything the ones years! You will to find in our new internet web site http://www.agatesaustralia.com handiest the most productive of Queensland agates on the market.