History & Heritage

February 2018
From the archives: What is the matter with Australian mining? (1919)
The following article is an edited excerpt from the Proceedings of the AusIMM No 36, originally published in 1919 There are certain facts that the mining industry in Australia is faced with at the present moment which may be accepted as axioms: The industry is at a low ebb, as evidenced by statistics. Metals form the basis of all modern industries, and are necessary for the welfare of Australia. Mining is a wasting asset. Every ton of ore extracted is one ton less which cannot Read More
Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve, Blackstone, Queensland
Bypassed by the nearby Cunningham Highway and 5 km removed from the central business district of Ipswich, the suburb of Blackstone in Queensland today reveals little of its past industrial significance for the Queensland coal mining industry. But the topographic landmark of the suburb, now known as Castle Hill, hides evidence of an industrial and social heritage that is being showcased through the development of a new multi-use heritage park – the Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve (Figure Read More
Virtual tour of Illawarra’s industrial history
A virtual tour allows people to visit historical industrial and mine sites on the south coast of NSW via www.illawarra-heritage-trail.com.au. The tour sites available include the Bulli Miners Cottage, the Bulli Mine memorial commemorating an underground explosion in 1887 that killed 81 men and boys, Corrimal and Coal Cliff Cokeworks, Jetty Mine and Coal Cliff Colliery, Hicks Point Jetty, Mount Kembla Colliery where an explosion in 1902 killed 96 men and boys working underground, Dapto Read More
December 2016
From the archives: Professional idealism (1908)
The following Presidential Address is taken from the Proceedings of the AusIMM, 1909. It was originally delivered at the First Ordinary Meeting in Melbourne in 1908. I have to thank the members of the Institute most cordially for the honour conferred upon me in selecting me President, which position my poor services have prevented my filling adequately. I have, therefore, only been able to stumble through my year of office under the guiding direction of our esteemed Secretary. I fully Read More
The treasures of the Shire of Etheridge, North Queensland
The Etheridge Shire Council in North Queensland has decided to prepare and lodge a nomination for a UNESCO Global Geopark over an area of some 40 000 km2. The nomination, which is to be known at this stage as the ‘Pre-Aspiring Etheridge Global Geopark’, embraces the Etheridge Province of the North Australian Craton, which contains rocks of both Proterozoic and Paleozoic age. In addition, rocks of the Forsayth Subprovince host important gold mineralisation that includes the Etheridge Gold Read More
October 2016
From the archives: Reminiscences of Broken Hill (1903)
The following Presidential Address is an excerpt from the Proceedings of the AusIMM No 9, 1903. In taking the chair at this meeting of the Australasian Institute of Mining Engineers, I feel it my duty to thank you for the honour you have conferred upon me by electing me President for the current year, especially as Broken Hill is the birthplace of the Institute and myself one of its foundation members. I will now endeavour to entertain you for a short time with a few reminiscences of Read More