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Nhulunbuy (12°11′ S 136°46′ E) is the name of the township created on the Gove Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia when a bauxite mine and deep water port were established nearby in the late 1960s. The town housed the workers and their families who were employed by the Swiss Aluminium company. The mine is now owned by Alcan. At one stage there were over 100 different nationalities present. Population during the 1970s rose to approximately 3,500 with 1,000 students at the combined primary and high school. In 1981 a new high school was opened. The Gove Peninsula (12°17′ S 136°49′ E) is at the northeastern corner of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. ... Motto: None Nickname: ? Other Australian states and territories Capital Darwin Government Administrator Chief Minister Const. ... Bauxite Bauxite is a naturally occurring, heterogeneous material composed primarily of one or more aluminium hydroxide minerals, plus various mixtures of silica, iron oxide, titania, aluminosilicate, and other impurities in minor or trace amounts. ... Mine can refer to a number of things: Mines are tunnels used in mining for extraction of resources. ... Seaport, a painting by Claude Lorrain, 1638 A port is a facility at the edge of an ocean, river, or lake for receiving ships and transferring cargo and persons to them. ... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Alcan Inc. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


By the nature of its inception, the town drew people from all over Australia and the world who quickly settled into the Northern Territory way of life—relaxed and informal.


Permits are required to drive to Nhulunbuy—over 700 km of unsealed roads—so most supplies and visitors are brought by air or sea.


James Strong who went on to be the chairman of Qantas lived in the town at one stage when he was the head of the mine and port operations. James Strong refers to two different people: Dr. James Strong (1822-1894) was a Methodist biblical scholar and educator, and creator of the Strongs concordance. ... QF may also mean Quick firing in British artillery terminology. ...


External links

  • Alcan Gove mine

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Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (464 words)
Nhulunbuy (12°11′S 136°46′E) is the name of the township created on the Gove Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia when a bauxite mine and deep water port were established nearby in the late 1960s.
The town of Nhulunbuy was then established, housing the workers and their families, who were employed by the Swiss Aluminium company.
Nhulunbuy is only 20 km from the Indigenous community of Yirrkala, famous for its aboriginal art.
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