Adventures on the New Guinea Goldfields
Michael Waterhouse, an economist and historian, presents and narrates a unique and rarely-seen silent film showing the aviation and mining activities of the largest gold mining company, Bulolo Gold Dredging — not to mention two extraordinary encounters with the local people. This film was shot in the 1930s, is in both black & white and colour and includes some remarkable anthropological footage.
This is a companion event to Michael’s talk on 1 May entitled ‘Not a Poor Man’s Field – The New Guinea Goldfields’ in which he talks about Australia’s colonial history in New Guinea and how they developed into the second largest gold-producing province in Australasia in the 1930s. Both events are free and open to the public.