Not a Poor Man's Field: The New Guinea Goldfields

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Not a Poor Man's Field: The New Guinea Goldfields

Micheal Waterhouse will reveal how the New Guinea Goldfields were discovered and, against all odds, developed into the second largest gold-producing province in Australasia in the 1930s. What made these goldfields so different was that everything required to build and maintain eight dredges, three hydro-electric power stations and several townships had to be flown in from the coast. It was an engineering and aviation tour de force and in the process, New Guinea also became a world leader in commercial aviation.

Michael will also examine how the colonial system (implemented during the time of the White Australia Policy) affected the local people, including the efforts of the Australian Administration to ‘civilise’ mainland New Guineans and an indentured labour system that saw young men ‘recruited’ to work on the goldfields.

NB: On Thursday 24 May from 6:00 – 7:00pm, Michael Waterhouse will return to present and narrate a unique and rarely-seen silent film from the 1930s, showing the activities of the

the largest gold mining company, Bulolo Gold Dredging — not to mention two extraordinary encounters with the local people.

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA)
280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9262 7300 | www.sydneymsa.com.au

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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When:

  • On Tuesday 01 May from 12.30 to 13.30

Where:

Mitchell Theatre, 280 Pitt St Level 1 Sydney 2000 Venue details

Cost:

Free

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Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
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(02) 9262 7300
marketing@sydneymsa.com.au

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