Last Stand at Nym­boida

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 9.30pm, His­tory This is a ter­rif­i­cally well-made doc­u­men­tary about a 1975 land­mark in­dus­trial case, in which a band of lo­cal men, who had laboured in the dark­est and most dan­ger­ous tun­nels of Aus­tralia’s most prim­i­tive coalmine, staged a dar­ing worker re­bel­lion. Nym­boida is just a dot on the map, a lit­tle to the west of Grafton, in north­ern NSW. Things be­gin there with a con­tem­po­rary re­union of the men who forged such a close bond al­most 40 years ago. This al­lows for well-edited in­ter­views to cam­era be­fore we move back in time to see archival footage and splen­did old pho­to­graphs of a re­bel­lion that ul­ti­mately was to have an im­pact on min­ing prac­tices world­wide. It also al­lows us to meet the men to­day, and so be­come more emo­tion­ally in­volved with their plight. Their re­ward for years of back­break­ing, dan­ger­ous work in prim­i­tive, in­hu­mane con­di­tions was sum­mary dis­missal. But they weren’t go­ing to take that ly­ing down.

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