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IndustryMining, mineral extraction
SuccessorAlcan Gove Pty Ltd (2002)

Nabalco, (North Australian Bauxite and Alumina Company) was a mining and extraction company set up in 1964 to exploit bauxite reserves on the Gove Peninsula, Australia. Nabalco was renamed Alcan Gove Pty Ltd in 2002.[1]

Nabalco was formed from a consortium including the Swiss-based Alusuisse (70%) and the Australian company CSR Limited.[2][3]

The development was opposed by the indigenous inhabitants, which gave rise to the legal action Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd (Gove land rights case). That resulted in a ruling against intrinsic native land rights in 1971.


  1. ^ "Nabalco Pty Ltd - Corporate entry",, Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. ^ Melanie Wilkinson; R. Marika; Nancy M. Williams (2009), "17. 'This place already has a name'" (PDF), in Harold Koch; Luise Hercus, Aboriginal Placenames: Naming and Re-Naming the Australian Landscape, ANU E Press, p. 404
  3. ^ David Charles Rich, The industrial geography of Australia, Methuen LBC, p. 337, ISBN 0-454-01459-7

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