1970, 26 Minutes
The building of the giant Panguna open-cut copper mine by Conzinc Riotinto Australia (CRA) on the island of Bougainville (which became part of Papua New Guinea in 1975) brought profound change to local landowners.
Issues that would eventually cripple the mine, at the time the largest of its kind in the world, are evident from its beginning in 1970. Despite royalties, training programs and extensive development, landowner concerns, such as pollution of the rivers by the tailings from the mine and a belief that the mining land would never be restored to its natural state, eventually escalated into conflict, which resulted in the closure of the mine. These issues are clearly seen in this film, made shortly after the mine was opened.
A Commonwealth Film Unit Production made with the assistance of the Department of External Territories.
© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Director: Lionel Hudson
Running Time: 26 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Pacific Studies; Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism; Studies of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism; Twentieth Century History - Issues for the Millenium; HSIE/SOSE; Cultural Diversity and Globalisation.