What makes Western Australia’s mining history so rich and unique is the broad range of minerals and resources mined around the state. While gold mining has been the mainstay of the state’s mining industry from the 1890s, the resources boom of the 1960s saw the development of iron ore, nickel, bauxite and oil and gas. The State Library holds a wealth of photographs, maps, archival papers, oral histories and films that highlight exploration and development of a range of mineral resources around the state,  from asbestos to zinc.

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