December 2017

Celebrating 125 Years in 2018

  • By AusIMM

The AusIMM was founded in 1893 and has a long history of bringing together professionals from all disciplines within the global resources industry.

In 2018, AusIMM celebrates its 125th anniversary. To recognise this extraordinary milestone, a year-long dedicated program of events, activities and a media campaign is being developed with stakeholders from across Australia, New Zealand and the world.

Our rich history

On 6 April 1893, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy held its inaugural meeting in South Australia. Since then, the Institute has grown and developed over the last 124 years and is now recognised as the trusted voice and peak body for professionals in the resources sector.

AusIMM is also internationally recognised for its professional standards and the integrity and professionalism of its members. As part of the 125th anniversary program we will be looking back on our rich history, recognising key milestones and highlighting some of the amazing stories that make our industry what it is today.

AusIMM today

Today the Australian mining industry employs 65 000 managers and professionals as part of the 240 800 people employed in the sector. In New Zealand, the mining industry directly employs a further 8900 people and there are AusIMM members located all over the world. The AusMM represents all resources sector professionals from geoscientists, metallurgists and engineers to lawyers, marketers and managers.

AusIMM has a growing member base of 13 000 members in 100 countries, and is supported by a network of branches and societies in Australasia and internationally.

We provide services and support to professionals engaged in all facets of the global resources sector, with a focus on professional development and leadership opportunities.

Our bright future

The next decade and beyond will be an exciting time for the sector with new discoveries, innovation and the influence of digital technologies. A major focus during the anniversary year will be to provide an open forum for stakeholders to discuss opportunities and trends that will shape the future of the resources industry.

Highlights of the 125 year celebration

Official launch of anniversary activities in Adelaide

The launch of anniversary activities will take place at Congress in Adelaide in April 2018, including the AusIMM Awards dinner and launch of an anniversary roadshow.

Anniversary roadshow

A key activity in the celebrations will be an anniversary roadshow travelling to multiple locations throughout Australia and New Zealand from April to June 2018 exploring the past, present and future of the sector.

The event will include presentations on the AusIMM’s past and present activities, as well as a panel forum of industry leaders discussing the future of the sector.

Honouring AusIMM’s past, the roadshow starts in Adelaide, the location of AusIMM’s inaugural annual general meeting in 1893. This launch event will be on Friday 20 April and the roadshow is planned to visit locations including Bendigo, Melbourne, Brisbane, Mackay, the Hunter Valley, Sydney and Dunedin.

Celebrating AusIMM’s future, the roadshow closes on 26 June in Perth at the start of our newest event, the International Lithium Conference.

125 faces of the AusIMM

The 125 faces campaign will feature photos and short biographies celebrating 125 of the people (past and present) who have shaped the industry. The people featured will include a mix of professionals representing the history, present, future and diversity of the AusIMM. The photos and biographies will be featured on the 125 website and in a social media campaign throughout the year. AusIMM represents the professionals – the people – who make up the resources industry and this project will tell the history of the industry through people.

Presidential Gala Dinner

A President’s Dinner is planned for November 2018 in Melbourne to formally close the 125th anniversary celebrations. Building on the annual President’s Dinner, the event will be a larger celebration in 2018 with special guests honouring outgoing President Colin Moorhead. The event will also acknowledge signature and networking partners and include key luminaries from the resources industry.

Commemorative edition of the AusIMM Bulletin

A 125th anniversary commemorative edition of the Bulletin magazine is planned for April 2018. The edition will feature AusIMM’s ‘past, present and future’ and acknowledge significant milestones of the organisation. There will be an emphasis on the people who have contributed to both our organisation and the resources industry as a whole, as well as discussion of future challenges and opportunities for industry professionals.

How to get involved


We are currently seeking nominations of members past and present to be profiled as part of our 125 faces project. Submissions require a photograph and short (200 word maximum) biography.

All members are encouraged to nominate themselves, their colleagues, mentors or anyone with an interesting story the reflects that diversity of professions, experience, age, gender and background of industry professionals. Final selection will be made by a panel including senior members.

For further information on this initiative, please contact


The 125th anniversary celebrations will incorporate a range of events across our network of branches and societies throughout Australasia and internationally.

For example:
• the anniversary roadshow will be held from April to June
• all AusIMM conferences will celebrate the anniversary milestone
• events hosted by AusIMM Communities of Interest will be held throughout the year.

Partner with us

Our 125 year anniversary program of activities also provides significant opportunities for organisations to partner with AusIMM. With a range of opportunities – from networking, branding and lead generating to accessing the sectors current and future leaders – we can tailor a bespoke package to suit your business objectives. For further information about partnering please contact Melissa Holdsworth, General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships via email:, phone: +61 3 9658 6123 or mobile: 0419 952 915.


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