Film: 7266

Places + Locations | 1950 | Sound | B/W


Australia 1950's

Blue asbestos mining town, The Hamlys, Wittenoom, Western Australia.
The towns merits are sold as a place to emigrate to and to work. Flying doctor and the post arrives. Truck freight. Company town. Not enough Australians would work at the mine so immigrants had their fares paid and were given two year contracts.
Mining and how it's done. Terrifying handling of blue asbestos fibre, no protection for the workers.

Note - Wittenoom was built in 1947 and closed in 1966. It is a ghost town. Asbestosis the problem

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