• Short Summary

    It's called the Silver City - because Broken Hill was in fact built over a storehouse of silver..

  • Description

    Broken Hill aerial shot, closer shot of car travelling through desert.
    9 ft

    CU.Car travelling through desert, sigh 735 Sydney 322 Adelaida, Barrier Highway, truck, lag heap, welcomesign on road with shaft in distance, travelling towards mine, travelling shot of old house, street sign, Cobalt and Oxide Street.
    39 1/2 ft

    Broxide and Wolframstreets.
    40 1/2 ft

    Blende Street.
    41 1/2 ft

    Chloride Street.
    42 ft

    Argent Street.
    43 1/2 ft

    In Argent Street.
    47 ft

    Pan down from Joe Sinelle fruit to shop.
    49 1/2 ft

    Cheap prices of fruit
    51 1/2 ft

    People walking along street.
    53 ft

    On corner sign not clear.
    54 1/2 ft

    Sign Walk around corners.
    56 1/2 ft

    Veteran miner.
    57 1/2 ft

    CU young man.
    58 1/2 ft

    Girl across street among cars.
    60 ft

    Town Hall
    62 1/2 ft

    Traffic and Post Office people all around, danger sign 65 do not proceed beyond this notice, original.
    66 1/2 ft

    Rubble in open cut mine.
    69 1/2 ft

    71 1/2 ft

    All left of it.
    74 1/2 ft

    Pan from shafthead to children playing in playground.
    80 ft

    More children playing
    82 ft

    Men to going to work.
    84 1/2 ft

    Wheel spinning round.
    86 1/2 ft

    Bucket coming up with load, spits out minerals, miner underground.
    95 ft

    CU. Man digging into wall.
    97 ft

    CU. Man's face working.
    99 ft

    Rocks tumbling down.
    101 1/2 ft

    Drilling into wall.
    103 ft

    106 ft

    CU. Mans face with helmet and light.
    107 ft

    Bill O'Neill walks in takes piece of wood.
    111 ft

    Other man gives him wood.
    113 ft

    Walks towards.
    118 ft

    Two lights towards.
    123 ft

    Walks away to green belt, parks.
    131 ft

    Emu pulled out of water.
    140 ft

    CU. Kangaroos and sheep.
    142 ft

    Emu lays down, NSW police, football field.
    156 ft

    Man watching from rocky hillside
    157 1/2 ft

    Playing football.
    163 1/2 ft

    People watching.
    164 1/2 ft

    People playing football, woman watching with diamond drill in background, diamond drill pan down to box and man inside.
    179 ft

    Another shot pan down to drill.
    182 ft

    CU Drill. CU miners face, drill being pulled up.
    189 ft

    Hammers samples of ore. CU taking samples out.
    195 1/2 ft

    Man with sample, Bill's house, meets son going to work, CU O'Neill.
    205 1/2 ft

    Granddaughter meets her.
    207 ft

    Inside girl greets woman.
    215 ft

    217 ft

    Gets biscuit.
    222 ft

    Cup of tea.
    229 ft

    CUp tea, woman sits down.
    233 ft

    234 1/2 ft

    CU.Bill Then SOF.
    239 1/2 ft

    246 ft

    LS.Broken Hill.
    251 ft

    Initials TDH/V/PS

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: It's called the Silver City - because Broken Hill was in fact built over a storehouse of silver..A wealthy city rising out of the barren desert of far western New South Wales.

    A slag heap is our introduction to the city - a place dependent on its lead and zinc deposits - And everywhere are signs that this is a mining town. It's a city that began with a mining rush - growing from a shanty town built by the first group of prospectors in the 1880's. They and their descendants weren't completely sure of the future. And even though the rich ores continue today, much remains as before.

    Argent means silver - and Broken Hill grew around Argent Street. This is Broken Hill, 1961 - a flourishing city where the cost of living is less than anywhere else in New South Wales. Goods come from Sydney Adelside and Melbourne.

    Since 1883, Broken Hill has produced almost ninety million tons of ore, valued at more than 5-hundred-million pounds...Everyone working on the Line-of-the-lode gets the lead bonus - at present eight pounds seven and six a week. That's ten pounds less than the peak of 1951.

    While above the ground, the city has a fresh look - a green belt of trees and shrubs now thriving in the desert. And lakes, made by man - and far below them, the miners are working at the ore face. The amount and extent of the ore isn't yet known. So they are drilling, here within the city itself - looking for new ore deposits to assure the future of Broken Hill. The diamond drill is at work five days a week, borrowing down deep into the earth. The plan is to find new ore bodies to replace existing reserves which are gradually running out...Geologist hope to find a line of lode parallel to the existing main line..
    Broken Hill looks ahead with confidence...and we meet Bill O'Neill again. As he returns from the mine, so his son - also a miner sets out for work. There are generations of miners in most of the families in Broken Hill. Bill O'Neill has been president of the Barrier Council for six years.. The council has delegates from twenty two unions, and controls more than eight thousand Broken Hill workers. Here he relaxes with his wife and grand daughter.

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