Synopsis:It was 1925 when prospectors of Papua forced their way to the Bulalo Valley. Then?
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.