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Published on Sep 6, 2009
Too Young to Die
In 1971, as a new young TV director, I was sent to a remote part of Queensland to see if a documentary could be made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Australia's worst mining disaster. It didn't look hopeful,the town was gone and the elderly residents spread all over Queensland. However one name kept recurring.."Mrs Wardle". I was told by locals not to leave until I had spoken to her. After seven days searching, I recorded our first meeting and it became the commentary for the film. A most remarkable woman.
On September 19th, 1921 75 miners died in a coal dust explosion at Mt. Mulligan.
Produced & Directed Michel Pearce
Executive Producer Bruce Buchanan
Special Effects: Les Conley
Designer: Jack Montgomery
Editor: Richard Bruce
Sound: Fred Pickering
Photography: Tony Wilson
Script Assistant: Tracey Ellison
Research: Margaret Yardy
Thanks to North Interior Exploration Pty. Ltd. and Australian Village Wilberforce.