Munda Nyuringu: he's taken the land. He believes it is his. He won't give it back.

Australia, 1984

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Aboriginal fringe dwellers of the goldfields of Western Australia tell their own story of what happened to their people when they were invaded by tens of thousands of miners in the great Kalgoorlie rush in the 1890s. The film then shows the living conditions of the survivors living in horrific poverty next to flourishing mining developments. The people speak of the destruction of their land, their failure to be compensated and of the kind of assistance they require for the sake of their children. The film concludes with the people telling the story of Maralinga and of those who died there - victims of the British atomic bomb tests. Includes cartoons by Bruce Petty. Cinematography by Marthat Ansara.


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Aboriginal Fringedwellers

Impact Investigative Media Productions


Robert Bropho

Jan Roberts



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Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Land tenure

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Removal

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Western Australia

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Gold mines and mining

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Mining districts - Western Australia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Kalgoorlie (W.A.)

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

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Mining towns


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Social conditions

History → Aboriginal Australians - History

History → History

History → Maralinga (S. Aust.)

History → Western Australia - History

Places → Kalgoorlie (W.A.)

Places → Maralinga (S. Aust.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia






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