The Australian part of the Consolidated Zinc Corporation – which would later merge with Rio Tinto – develops a bauxite deposit with the Commonwealth Aluminium Corporation Pty. Limited, known as Comalco, at Weipa, Queensland. This is enabled by the 1957 Comalco Act which gives the company access to Aboriginal reserve land. Rio Tinto still mines here today and is even responsible for the administration of the town of Weipa.
1956 – Dispossessing Indigenous Australians for aluminium
Apr 1, 2021