Photostory #142: Canada's Late "King of Diamonds"
National Film Board of Canada
January 28, 1958
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Some say it is easier to get into Buckingham Palace than through these gates at Mwadui, Tanganyika. Closely guarded by husky native policemen, the padlocked gates are part of an elaborate security system surrounding the richest deposit of diamonds in the world. The story of how a Canadian geologist discovered the rich mother lode after 6 failure-filled years is one of undeviating scientific conviction and infinite courage.