It was Australia’s greatest industrial disaster
Stories from Wittenoom changed the industrial fabric of Australia. The blue Asbestos mine was operational between 1943 and 1967 in the desert of the deep north west of Western Australia. The workforce was largely migrant, and included the working class suburbs of Perth. They worked in the hot, dry, dusty environment. The dust as it turns out was the most lethal dust known to man – Asbestos.
The single Wittenoom story still serves as a reminder as we continue to pick up the pieces of the devastating impact 50 years later.
The dust is yet to settle on the Wittenoom mine.
The dust didn’t discriminate
As we celebrate the closing of the toxic mine, we commemorate the lives lost and affected. It permeated every home, and still continues to affect those who left the town. Former workers and family members are continuing to be diagnosed with debilitating dust related illnesses.
We’d like to thank all those people and organisations who work tirelessly to fight and provide support to those who have and are being diagnosed with dust related diseases. With long incubation periods, experts predict the dust hasn’t settled yet, and the work certainly not over.