Barrier Story – Broken Hill in the 1950s

The NFSA’s Big Screen rolled into Broken Hill. To mark the occasion they presented Barrier Story made by the National Film Board in 1953 and directed by Hugh Alexander. The production describes Broken Hill, the “uncrowned capital of Western New South Wales”, as being transformed from a single sheep station in the 1800s to a “lusty, swaggering metropolis” situated on one of the richest silver, lead and zinc fields in the world. It presents a picture of harmony and co-operation between industry and the people of Broken Hill that has built a vigorous and active community. To see more NFSA content about Broken Hill and surrounds visit the blog here: http://nfsa.gov.au/blog/2012/10/15/broken-hill-time-capsule/

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