Broken Hill: a mining history 1883-1983

Australia, 1982

Film
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Provides a history of the Broken Hill mining industry from 1883 to the present day, incorporating documentary footage and stills of the early days, as well as comments by historian Geoffrey Blainey. Notes the early strike; the impact of technology and science in the 1920s and 30s; the mass production of fighter aircraft by BHP in the 1930s; the opening of the silver-lead smelter at Port Pirie and the steel industry at Newcastle; the introduction of company housing, health schemes and lead bonuses in the 1950s and 60s; and the intensive exploratory drilling’s for further ore deposits in the 1970s and 80s. Photography by David Olney. Suitable for middle and upper secondary levels.

Credits

producer/director

Terence McMahon

production company

North Broken Hill Holdings

CRA

Terence McMahon Productions

Language

English

Duration

00:26:00:00

Colour

Black and White and Colour

ACMI Identifier

33117

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Broken Hill Proprietary Company

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industries - Australia

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Mineral industries

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Mineral industries - Australia - History

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Mines and mineral resources - Australia - History

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Steel works

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Broken Hill (N.S.W.)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Port Pirie (S. Aust.)

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

History → History

History → Mines and mineral resources - Australia - History

Places → Broken Hill (N.S.W.)

Places → Port Pirie (S. Aust.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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