Outback Mythologies: The White Man’s Hole
Coober Pedy is an opal mining town lost in the middle of the Australian Outback where people live in dugouts (underground houses). Miners have been digging millions of holes for hundreds of years, providing more than 70% of the world’s opal. The town is named after the Aboriginal words, kupa piti, which translates as ‘boys’ waterhole’; but it is commonly taken to mean ‘white man in hole’. “The White Man’s Hole” series is the second chapter of a wider on-going project called “Outback Mythologies” about the Australian Outback and its importance for Australian identity.