The Resource Dust to Dust

Dust to Dust

Label
Dust to Dust
Title
Dust to Dust
Contributor
Subject
Summary
Dust to Dust documents the history of an asbestos mine near the small, mainly Aboriginal township of Baryulgil in northern NSW. The mine employed mainly the Aboriginals from the area, however the manager and engineer were white. In 1977 the mine was closed amidst some public outcry and media coverage of the health risks of working with asbestos. The workers at Baryulgil had gradually become aware that their work could slowly have been killing them and their families. The Baryulgil people tell their story...they were given no warnings as to the dangers of asbestos, they were not given adequate safety equipment; they were instructed to clean up the mine before inspectors were due. Now, over half the people who worked at the mine have died from what is believed to be asbestos-related diseases and most of the people still alive suffer from illness commonly associated with asbestos. The film concentrates on the workers so far unsuccessful attempts to gain compensation for the deaths and their illnesses, and sets the Baryulgil story within the context of the world wide history of asbestos mining and world wide knowledge of its lethal effects. It connects the Baryulgil experience and struggle to that of asbestos workers all over the world. The film stresses that only through concerted action by workers and their unions will industry and governments be forced to take action around occupational health. Made in collaboration with Anna Russell from the Workers Health Centre, Lidcombe
Cataloging source
AIAS
Date of event
1981
Date time place
Film in
Information about documentation
1. Article from National Times 27 May-2 June 1983 "The deadly dust of Baryugil"; Publicity Pamphlet; Article from National Times 11-17 May 1984 - "Warning to Govt. in black call for '88 chief to quit".
Place of event
Baryugil, N.S.W.,
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Wynn, Sabina
  • Sydney Filmmakers Co-operative
  • Australian Film, Television and Radio School
  • Anning, Kim
  • Priest, Diana
  • Elliot, Paul
  • Redmond, Marion
  • Cocsedge, Annie
Series statement
Dust to Dust
Label
Dust to Dust
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Instantiates
Copyright
Note
Not digitised ; no access copies
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0001857
Dimensions
16 mm
Extent
1 film reel (approximately 29 min., approxiamtely 800 feet)
Immediate source of acquisition
Australian Film Institute
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
  • No form
  • AIATSIS information sheet, publicity leaflet
Other physical details
sound, colour;
Stock number
AFI_014 (FC00597_1)
Terms governing use
  • Copyright restrictions may apply
  • AIATSIS holds viewing copies only.
Label
Dust to Dust
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Copyright
Note
Not digitised ; no access copies
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0001857
Dimensions
16 mm
Extent
1 film reel (approximately 29 min., approxiamtely 800 feet)
Immediate source of acquisition
Australian Film Institute
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
  • No form
  • AIATSIS information sheet, publicity leaflet
Other physical details
sound, colour;
Stock number
AFI_014 (FC00597_1)
Terms governing use
  • Copyright restrictions may apply
  • AIATSIS holds viewing copies only.

Library Locations

    • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)Borrow it
      51 Lawson Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601, AU
      -35.292556 149.118617
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