Kōrero: South Pacific economic relations

Banaba, before and after mining

Banaba, before and after mining

The small and beautiful island of Banaba (Ocean Island) in the Kiribati group was mined for rock phosphate from about 1906. The first photograph shows the island shortly before mining began. The second was taken soon after, and shows how the vegetation and soil of Banaba were removed to extract the phosphate rock.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Colville Collection
Reference: PAColl-6044-15; PAColl-6044-01
Photographs by Lilian Arundel

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Geoff Bertram, 'South Pacific economic relations - Sugar and phosphate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/24245/banaba-before-and-after-mining (accessed 23 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Geoff Bertram, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010