Title Details

Australia's Mineral Resources

A look at the various minerals excavated around Australia.
Year : 1953 | Total Duration : 19 Minutes | Producer : Erich Thompson
Director : Hugh Alexander |
Opening titles. Aerial outback scenery. Men from Commonwealth Bureau of Mineral Resources examining rock, geologist with hammer. Surveying aircraft taking off and aerials land below. Inside aircraft, men with surveying and technical machinery. On ground, geologists in tent charting areas of mineral deposits. Man talking into radio. Loading open trucks and setting off through rugged terrain. Some POV vehicle.
Access No. 123862 | 3 mins 48 secs | 1950s | © NFSA | B&W |
Still photo Edward Hargraves, founder of gold near Bathurst. Man gold panning. Statue of Patrick Hannan in Kalgoorlie. WS mine and VS in town of Kalgoorlie, street scenes, two men talking. Miners at Kalgoorlie getting in cage lift and going underground. In mine, men loading rail trucks. Molten metal, gold ingots cast and piled up.
Access No. 124391 | 2 mins 1 sec | 1950s | Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Aerial area and town of Broken Hill. WS town and mine. Miners walking to mine. Men digging through earth for deposits of silver, zinc and lead. Earth being lifted by machine, sluiced with water.
Access No. 124392 | 1 min 44 secs | 1950s | Broken Hill, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Aerial mine at Mount Isa. VS inside mine for lead, zinc, copper and silver. Underground, man drilling, small digger, conveyor belt. WS pan open cut copper mine at Mount Lyell, Tasmania
Access No. 124393 | 1 min 28 secs | 1950s | Mount ISA, Australia, Qld, Australia, Mount Lyell, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Tin mining - man guiding large nozzle of water at rock to break it down. NSW coal mining, train. Open cut mine. Large crane and machinery. Oil prospecting at Carnarvon Basin, Exmouth Gulf using explosion and bore. Two men looking at chart, one smoking pipe.
Access No. 124394 | 2 mins 59 secs | 1950s | Carnarvon Basin, Exmouth Gulf, WA, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Steel rods moved by cranes. Open cut iron ore, large diggers and trucks excavating. Ore on conveyor belt, ship carrying ore to Port Kembla and Newcastle, NSW. Unloading at docks.
Access No. 124395 | 3 mins 34 secs | 1950s | Cockatoo Island, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Mining of beach sands in Qld and NSW for zircon etc. Sand excavated and separated on beach. King Island mining of scheelite (tungsten) in open cut mine. Mineral separated. Zircon, Scheelite, Tungsten
Access No. 124396 | 1 min 28 secs | 1950s | Qld, Australia, NSW, Australia, King Island, Bass Strait | © NFSA | B&W |
Scientists surveying for uranium for British United States Combined Development Agency. At Radium Hill, truck driving into restricted area. Settlement with nursing home. Survey work at Rum Jungle. Camp set up, surveying. Aircraft overhead, radar and other equipment in aircraft. Aerials ground below.
Access No. 124397 | 1 min 56 secs | 1950s | Radium Hill, SA, Australia, Rum Jungle, NT | © NFSA | B&W |