Title Details

An Introduction to the Pilbara Region of Western Australia

An overview of the infrastructure supporting industry in the Pilbara region in the early 1970s.
Year : 1970 | Total Duration : 16.5 Minutes | Producer : Bryan Lobascher
Travelling along bitumen road through outback Pilbara region POV from driving car. VS activities of mining groups showing iron ore miners working cranes, machinery, mining trucks. Aerial view of mining township, GS goods train past camera, travelling high shot along bulk carriers and aerial over section of iron mine. Graphic map overlay of Pilbara showing relationships between ports to towns involved in Mount Newman mines. VS workers laying tracks for new mine and VS activities at Mt Newman mine.
Access No. 148994 | 2 mins 16 secs | 1970s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Pilbara mining town of Karratha, workers homes, landscaped outdoor areas and schools. Schoolchildren playing outdoors, girls playing elastics. Goldsworthy Television logo on TV screen and WS family watching from lounge chairs. Aerial track over newly developed Port Hedland. VS administrative, business and retail buildings in town of Hedland. WS Port Hedland Hospital, ambulance, schoolchildren boarding school bus and VS Port Hedland Junior High School. Boy diving off board into public swimming pool, VS people enjoying pools. GS young people dancing outside pub.
Access No. 150431 | 2 mins 25 secs | 1970s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MMA jet plane landing on runway of Hedland airport, man in control tower, businessmen leaving plane on runway. Travelling aerial over Hedland's light industrial area and new housing sites. Model of plans for Hedland sub-urban development. Illustrated map of towns and links between towns and sites in the Pilbara region. Zoom in to towns used by Hamersley Iron, bulk carrier at port and GS Hamersley worker operating iron product HImet machinery. WS mine. Map showing location of Robe River plant, GS of ilmenite ore site. Aerial views of solar salt mines, acres of concentrating ponds, and GS harvesters ploughing, scraping and loading crystallised salt from ponds. Good WS stockpiled mound of salt ready for shipping. VS copper mine at Whim Creek. CU sample held in man's hand.
Access No. 150432 | 3 mins 13 secs | 1970s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan down map of Pilbara region to copper and nickel areas. VS pair of field engineers with map. Travelling shot POV driving car down main street of Marble Bar. GS police station and wall of district mining registrar covered in prospectors' claims. MS tin miners gathered around at bar in pub. VS equipment used in mining Alluvial tin and tantalum including rotating conical dishes. Low tracking aerial past WAPET (West Australian Petroleum) deep sea oil rig off Barrow Island. Helicopter landing on helipad on rig POV pilot. VS activity on rig. Helicopter leaving rig seen from outside and inside cabin. VS land oil mining at Barrow Field and helicopter arriving. Aerials over oil barrels and line running out to sea and over container ship.
Access No. 150433 | 2 mins 55 secs | 1970s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS game fishermen on motor launch on the Dampier archipelago. VS catching and reeling in sailfish. GS wake behind boat. GS hotel swimming pool, band playing in local pub. VS Pilbara scenics, rock formations; termite mounds and GS of helicopter, destination road signs, historic engines, goods train and miners on location site. GS car crossing dry river bed with overturned car wreck, bridge over creek, indigenous women sifting in clay pan, baby swimming. Aerial over container ship and pipe line, large willy-willy of red dirt, game fisherman, CU rock with green ore, pub scene. Mining goods truck, children skipping rope; barmaid serving drinks.
Access No. 150434 | 2 mins 31 secs | 1970s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tracking shot along road through Pilbara region with graphic map overlay showing location. WS Mill Stream with tilt of white bark gum trees reflected on water surface. VS miner dredging underground water, setting up irrigation pipes. WS inside electrical station, GS control room in nuclear power station. WS bulk carriers and tugs at sea, cargo ships and landing barge carriers. WS car over bridge, MS freighter and goods train. VS people disembarking onto tarmac from jets. CU map showing Pilbara towns and projected town planning drawing for the town of Karratha. WS orange sunset over water, pan down to adult and child on shore. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 150435 | 3 mins 7 secs | 1970s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |