Historicising sulfur mining, lime extraction and geotourism in Indonesia and Australia

Susie Protschky, Ruth Morgan

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In both Australia and Indonesia, artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) have thus far been neglected by historians of colonialism and scholars of geotourism alike. Our two case studies historicise the practices of mining, quarrying and tourism at volcanic sulfur mines in Indonesia and along limestone coasts in southeastern Australia. Our case studies suggest how toxic work in spectacular settings of interest to geotourists is deeply embedded in modern histories of leisure and consumption. We propose a more critical interpretation of geotourist sites that
accounts for the ways that environmental and labour histories have shaped these spectacular ‘natural’ environments.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalThe Extractive Industries and Society
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 5 Feb 2021

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