Synopsis:It was 1925 when prospectors of Papua forced their way to the Bulalo Valley. Then?
ls pan down river
gv gorge tilt down to Papuan 8 panning in river
ce panning dish
14 p ft
cu tilt to pan flicking for gold
cu separating gold bits out
ms anr bod proding with pole
ms levering rook - it drops
ms two bods rolling boulder
angle cu do
cu faces as men work
bod swinging hammer
gv kids helping pushrunk dorn stress
mcu kid pushing shovel face
cu shovel in water pushing sludge down stream
mls tilt down stream with bods pushing sludge to slush box
anr shot hand holds stones for inspection
cu pap tilt to hand as examines rubble
face of pap
cu hands shakes water off gold bit puts in jar 57 1/2
cu shovel on bank going through dregs
ms kids towards with shovel going home
mcu staking shovels and forks
ls bods racing off up track with dog bringing up arear
ms river tilt up to gv
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Background: Synopsis:It was 1925 when prospectors of Papua forced their way to the Bulalo Valley. Then began the story of Bulalo, a story now of forty Papuana - the last miners, the successors to the great companies that won millions of pounds worth of gold.
The methods of today are those of the early prospectors. The Papuan miners earn their living from the Bulalo gravels that are no longer an economic proposition for the "big business" concerns of modern mining.
They aren't worried that it may take to reach gold bearing rock. Vegetable gardens will support them while the group patiently pushes on in its search.
The sandy water is channelled through a sluice box. Any gold will sink to the bottom and catch in the timber lattice. At the end of month, the gold bearing quarts is removed.
They lease the right from Mrs. Doris Booth, a Brisbane woman, who earned the "Angel of Bulalo" for her work in fighting an epidemic in the early days of the gold strike. A percentage of the returns goes to her.
These co-operative mining centures now produce about fifteen percent of all gold won in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea. Last year, the total value of gold recovered by their patient methods was 90-thousand pounds - three quarters of it won in the Bulalo Valley.