Title Details

Mineral Wealth

A survey of mineral wealth in Australia in the early 1930s.
Year : 1932 | Total Duration : 13 Minutes |
Three gold prospectors gathered around edge of stream digging and gold panning. Man in battered wide brim hat crouched on edge of stream panning for gold. He has large bushy moustache.
Access No. 94583 | 12 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Camel train. Camels laden with goods being led by men through scrubby bush. They are followed by camels pulling loaded carts. Laden camels and carts gathered together in dry area studded with stunted trees.
Access No. 94585 | 19 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Gold prospecting. Man in FG with bowl filled with dry soil with the dust blowing in the wind from the pan. Other men come forward and gather around him. One reached down into pan on bowl and picks small piece of gold up.
Access No. 94588 | 15 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
2 shots of men gold prospecting in small trench using pick axes. One reaches down and picks something up from bottom of hole. The other mover forward and looks at the piece of rock.
Access No. 94589 | 14 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS men gold prospecting. VS of winching minerals to surface and man dollying sample and panning.
Access No. 94590 | 30 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS two gold prospectors using sieving device shaking it back and forth. Gs third prospector setting up close by. GS man shaking pan as dust blows off into wind and holds up nugget which is examined.
Access No. 94592 | 1 min 37 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Pan across buildings of Kalgoorlie mine. WS pan across huge dump of discarded mining soil.
Access No. 94594 | 23 secs | 1930s | Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Pan across Mundaring weir and catchment area. High angle shot of pumping station for Mundaring weir and WS men working on pipe lines.
Access No. 94596 | 28 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS man hosing large garden and people strolling in park. Man drinking from drinking water fountain on statue of Patrick Hannan in main street Kalgoorlie. CU dedication on memorial fountain.
Access No. 94599 | 18 secs | 1930s | Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Men working in smelting area of Royal Mint. Men coin making, melting gold and pouring into long moulds. Strips of gold being weighed and rolled. Machine stamping out coins. Man running coins through his fingers. Stack of bags filled with gold coins.
Access No. 94602 | 1 min 2 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Aerial over Broken Hill mining complex. GS men entering mine carrying pails. No helmets worn. Men emerging from shaft. They are not wearing any protective clothing. They are carrying miner's lamps. One has cigarette in his mouth.
Access No. 94624 | 6 secs | 1930s | Broken Hill, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
2 men working as miners in mine shaft. They are using a compression drill to bore holes in rock face to set charges. MS men compressed air drilling in mine and loading explosives which are then lit. GS explosion and spray of water to settle dust. miners testing roof of underground mine shaft for loose debris.
Access No. 94627 | 41 secs | 1930s | Broken Hill, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS production of lead, silver and zinc at Port Pirie mine. MS train trucks of ore along rails. Aerial over Port Pirie. MS workers meeting and unloading rail trucks of ore. GS pouring of silver ingots.
Access No. 94629 | 43 secs | 1930s | Port Pirie, SA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Pan across buildings of Mount Lyell copper and tin mines and decimated surrounding landscape. Interesting POV from rail truck travelling down steep slope. VS workers sluicing hillside in tin mining.
Access No. 94643 | 58 secs | 1930s | Mount Lyell, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High shot of small ore train running along high wall at brown coal mine Yallourn Victoria. Heavy equipment outside mine. Exterior Power Station, Yallourn. GS generators in Power Station. Man adjusting equipment. Open good train carriages carrying ore past camera .
Access No. 94648 | 29 secs | 1930s | Yallourn, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Men supervising as large buckets of black coal are being mechanically tipped into coal train below. Very long steam driven coal train around corner and past camera. MS open carriage of coal on goods train away from camera. WS exterior industrial complex of BHP Newcastle with distant steam train travelling past.
Access No. 94655 | 48 secs | 1930s | Newcastle, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS large grabbers picking up ore from piles stacked on wharf at BHP steel works and emptying into train cars. WS bucket of ore up ramp and tipping into giant furnace. VS of sparks and steam rising from large buckets of molten steel during production.
Access No. 94659 | 49 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS hot steel being rolled and shaped at BHP steel works Newcastle.
Access No. 94662 | 35 secs | 1930s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |