April 2019
From the archives: The standards we inherit (1968)
This is an edited excerpt of a presidential address that was delivered at AusIMM's 1968 Annual Meeting, held in the Public Lecture Theatre at the University of Melbourne At last year’s annual meeting of the Institute, Sir George Fisher, as President, compared it somewhat nostalgically to a meeting of its kind in the 1920s when comment was expressed on the decline of Australian mining and on the lack of new mineral discoveries.  I feel that tonight’s annual meeting is even more an 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
December 2015
From the archives: Mining towns (1975)
This paper is an extract from the AusIMM 1975 Broken Hill Student Conference. Members can download the full paper via the AusIMM website. In recent years there have been a number of excellent towns built for mining communities in remote parts of Australia. Planning has been thorough, and very large capital expenditures have been made by companies to provide high standards of accommodation, services and amenities. But so often the phrase ‘company town’ comes to be applied, expressing the Read More
From the archives: School of Mines – Past Present and Future (2002)
The schools of mines in Australia, and the rest of the world have been catalysts for the formal education of geology, mining and metallurgy professionals. The German Freiburg School of Mines was established in 1702 followed by other institutions in France, Spain, Russia, Sweden and England. Schools of mines opened in the United States during the late nineteenth century either within existing universities or as separate institutions. In Australia, Ballarat and Bendigo gained their schools Read More
October 2015
From the archives: The development of computer-assisted mapping and modelling (1983)
This paper is an extract from the 1983 Computers in Mining Symposium hosted by the AusIMM Southern Queensland Branch. With the advent of computer-aided mapping and surface modelling techniques, geologists and engineers have had to become familiar with the capabilities and limitations of these systems to effectively use them. In this paper we will trace a short history of the rather rapid progress in this area. From this historical perspective we will make some observations and use these to Read More
August 2015
From the archives: State of the Australian coal industry (1969)
This Presidential address is an extract from the Proceedings of the AusIMM, No 231, 1969. Members can download the full article via the AusIMM website. Introduction My selection of the Australian coal industry as the theme of this Presidential address arose from the fact that it is one of our most important mineral industries. The industry is presently prospering. More coal, mostly of better quality (except for certain power-house types), is being produced more cheaply in terms of real Read More