FIND OUT

"What the hell am I doing here,
and why?"

Readers will be exposed to wild animals and wild people; shady, generous, and lucky individuals; dodgy jurisdictions, revolutions, and war; dangerous, frustrating, and challenging situations; harsh to idyllic work surroundings; and more. 

We hope you will enjoy doing so and, through it, gain an appreciation of what we do, where, how and why as we go about earning a living and trying to find the mineral deposits the
world needs.

Our Authors

Andrew Drummond

Geologist

Andrew Drummond has had a 20 year involvement in valuation and mining operations at Westonia, WA. He also founded Minemakers Ltd, which is understood to have been the top performing listed company on any stock exchange in the world in the GFC year of 2008.

Lynda Frewer

Geologist

Lynda Frewer began her career in WA diamond exploration, which led to her establishing a key independent diamond sample processing laboratory.

Tony Gates

Geologist

Tony Gates began his career in PNG and subsequently has had an adventurous long career in the identification and acquisition of exploration projects and mineral assets.

Fritz Fitton

Geologist

Fritz Fitton has had major roles in large mine discoveries in Australia and internationally.

John Nethery

Geologist

John Nethery has been an international and Australian explorer, mainly for gold, for nearly half a century.

Brian Levet

Geologist

Brian Levet was a long-term successful exploration leader for the international company Newmont.

Paul Askins

Geologist

Paul Askins had along-term career at Shell Minerals, before setting up his private business concerning the identification and acquisition of Australian exploration and mining opportunities.

Gary Maddocks

Geologist

Gary Maddocks was a long-term exploration manager for both large mining houses and smaller explorers, before becoming a consultant.

Phil Fillis

Geologist

Phil Fillis has been predominantly engaged in gold exploration and has covered all continents except Antarctica.

Ian Plimer

Geologist

Professor Ian Plimer is Australia’s best known and perhaps most controversial geologist. He has written extensively on climate change matters from a broad scientific perspective.

Linda Tompkins

Geologist

Dr Linda Tompkins is both a geologist and lawyer, with a distinguished career in exploration, development and mining for several commodities internationally.

Manfred Marx

Geologist

Manfred Marx led the De Beers team which found the Orapa diamond pipe in South Africa – the world’s largest gem quality diamond mine.

Zlad Sas

Geologist

Over 40 years experience in diamond exploration
working extensively on projects in Australia, Africa, India, and Brazil

Martin Spence

Geologist

Martin Spence has been an Australian and international explorer for over 40 years, including a long stint in newly emergent Zimbabwe.

Wolf Marx

Geologist

Wolf Marx began in diamond exploration in southern Africa for De Beers, before moving to Australia to work for Freeport. He discovered the Bow River alluvial diamond mine in Western Australia, before providing diamond and other management and consultancy services for various companies.

Prue Leeming

Geologist

Prue Leeming has had a long and varied Australian and international exploration career.

Rob Duncan

Geologist

Rob Duncan led the geological evaluation of WA’s Mount Weld rare earth deposit – the richest in the world, and the largest outside China.

Roger Craddock

Mining Engineer

Roger Craddock has been instrumental in the gold mining renaissance of both New Zealand and Turkey.

Ralph Stagg

Geologist

Ralph Stagg has had a varied and successful Australian and international exploration and mining career, particularly in China, the Mediterranean area and the Middle East.

Derek Fisher

Geologist

Dr Derek Fisher has developed mining and processing operations in Australia, Indonesia, Armenia, Mongolia and the Congo. He has also chaired a key Australian industry lobby group.

John Hammond

Geologist

John Hammond led successful exploration teams in Australia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East before becoming an internal consultant to Normandy Mining and Newmont.

David Milton

Geologist

David Milton had a 25 year career with CRA, before becoming an international consultant, specialising in resource evaluation and estimation.

Anthony Williamson

Geologist

Anthony Williamson has been the Director of Mining for the PNG government, and has also had pivotal mineral industry roles in PNG and Southeast Asia.

Susan Belford

Geologist

Dr Susan Belford has worked extensively in Australia, Asia, Oceania and the Mediterranean region specialising in volcanics – related mineral deposits.

Neil Stuart

Geologist

Neil Stuart began his career in metal exploration, but turned to successful coal exploration in Queensland. Subsequently as a consultant he led the establishment of a major gold mine and a major brine lithium deposit – both in Argentina.

Michael Fellows

Geologist

Michael Fellows began his exploration career in USA, then was one of the geological pioneers of Queensland’s gold-rich Drummond Basin, before becoming engaged in consulting.

Ray Cary

Geologist

Ray Cary began in exploration then established a WA-based long-term consultancy to most facets of the mineral resource industry.