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Working in Blackwater gold mine


Joseph Divis (right) on the job in the Blackwater Mine with Bill Houghton and a pneumatic drill. This shot has intrigued old miners, as Divis appears to have disconnected the life-saving water line – something he would never do. In fact, some have said that Divis never made money working on contract because he was too meticulous – a trait which was to his advantage when using a camera.


Photographer: Joseph Divis
Brendon Wilshire collection (copyright)

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