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On September 25, 1931, while Australia with the rest of the world was being ravaged by depression, the Minister for Home Affairs admitted in the House the shameful truth that a raid had been made on the Henbury meteorites, that some of the ill-gotten gains had been sold in Adelaide, while a number had been sent to London. He added that, following a precedent established in the the youthful mind, he had had the area declared a reserve - after the area had been plundered. Now, the meteorite-bearing area at Henbury lies about 115 miles south-west from Alice Springs that, in turn, lies nearly 800 miles from Adelaide, so it was no mere pick-pocket who did that job.
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A meteorite from the Northern Territory is listed for sale for $4000 on the internet.

The Henbury meteorite has been listed on internet auction site eBay.
The description says it was acquired in a trade with Arizona State University. The meteorite is owned by a seller from West Virginia in the United States.
It weighs 1.8kg and has a listed price of $US4000 - plus $15 to post it overseas.

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The Henbury crater field was recognised in 1931, and estimated to be 4200 1900 years.
13 craters are known which form a classic distribution ellipse. The largest crater, probably produced by the impact of a fragmented projectile, measures 216 m by 108 m, and is approximately 15 m deep. The other craters range in size between 10 m and 60 m. The pattern of the craters suggests that they were formed by an object which broke up shortly before impact.

In the aboriginal language the name of the craters translates as sun `walk fire devil rock`, which implies that people witnessed their formation.


Position: 2434'19.52"S 133 8'54.18"E
(Northern Territory, Australia)

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