They said that in the 60s there was millions of dollars in marble inside the Tatlock Mine. For more than a 100 years people have known that but for years they said that the only blue marble that was supposed in the world was right there in that very mine which was 26 miles from Perth. There are mines in Europe that are supposed to have blue marble but nothing to rival the colour of the blue sky that the Tatlock mine had.
In the 60s development was going on and they were hiring local labour. It was anticipated that the Tatlock Quarry Marble would soon be used in projects in the United States and Canada.
The marble was being taken out at that date in blocks weighing 90 to 300 tons which was the size of a small home. The huge blocks were of 12-15 tons and then trucked to the company in Scarborough where they were then sawn into blocks by a diamond drag and polished into either pink blue or white. Sounded like a very promising business– so what happened. Now th rock formation is gleaming hill of white crumbly rock that OMYA is gradually stripping away for use as filler in things like paint, plastics, and toothpaste. The quarry is spectacular. What a pity to use such beautiful rock in such mundane ways. What happened to the dreams from the 60s?
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 02 Apr 1979, Mon, REVISION, Page 3
Should be Isabel Fox, not Francis. I had a marble table made from the blue marble and the marble was shipped to Toronto for cutting and then returned to me – a treasure.