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
More Rocks In Our Heads

Andrew Drummond

Geologist

Andrew Drummond has had a 20 year involvement in evaluation 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.

Sandy Moyle

Geologist

Sandy Moyle’s career was highlighted by major gold discoveries in PNG and Indonesia.

 

Roger Langmead

Geologist

Roger Langmead had an exploration career with Newmont and Newcrest and was associated with successes in the Asia Pacific region and elsewhere.

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.

Steve Turner

Geologist

Dr Steve Turner is currently Newmont’s Chief Geologist for the Australasian region, and has extensive experience in exploring in the Pacific Rim of Fire.

Roger Marjoribanks

Geologist

Dr Roger Marjoribanks initially specialized in structural geology, then worked for major companies for 20 years before becoming a consultant. He is the author of
Geological Methods In Mineral Exploration And Mining.

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.

Ian Mulholland

Geologist

Ian Mulholland recently retired. He was founder of Rox Resources and made major discoveries in Laos and WA. He was a co-recipient of AMEC’s Prospector Of The Year for that company’s discovery of the Teen Lead-Zinc deposit in WA.

Jeff Rayner

Geologist

Jeff Rayner worked for 10 years in Australia then, unusually, 20 years in Italy. He was then MD of Kefi Resources and then a consultant.

Bob Besley

Geologist

 began in international exploration for large US-based companies. He returned to Australia and then floated companies. He led CBH Resources to become Australia’s fourth largest zinc producer, and then Australmin which became a successful gold miner and mineral sands miner, and has chaired other companies.

John Garlick

Geologist

John Garlick began his career in Southern Africa, before moving to WA in 1978 to manage the Australian arm of an international mineral consultancy, which he still does.

Michael Fellows

Geologist

Michael Fellows had extensive experience in the USA then Queensland before becoming an international consultant.

Martin Spence

Geologist

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

Ian Tedder

Geologist

Ian Tedder had a 40 year career, exploring internationally, and then in Australia. He was part of the team which found and developed the major Cadia Hill copper-gold mine in NSW.

Wilson Forte

Geologist

Wilson Forte has a 50 year career working in international and Australian scenes, operating a consultancy, and managing junior explorers.

John Nethery

Geologist

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

Greg Ambrose

Geologist

Greg Ambrose is a retired petroleum geologist of 45 years’ standing, employed by industry and government in Australia and Libya.

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.

Mike Kitney

Metallurgist

Mike Kitney is a process metallurgist who had a long career working in Australia and internationally.

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.

Max de Vietri

Geologist

Dr Max de Vietri had a distinguished career in petroleum and mining, particularly in Western Africa, and in international relations.

Roger Thompson

Geologist

Roger Thompson migrated to Australia as a Ten Pound Pom, and has been closely associated with gold, tantalum and lithium discoveries, including the major Sunrise dam mine in WA.

Dan Greig

Geologist

Dan Greig’s career began in Southern Africa before he moved to Australian exploration, before joining a major consulting group.

Mort Cowan

Geologist

Mort Cowan began in exploration in WA, before moving into mining and mineral processing. He had a long senior management role at the Raub goldmine in Indonesia.

Cyril Geach

Geologist

Cyril Geach began his career as an industrial chemist, before moving into minerals and the oil and gas industry.

Brian Levet

Geologist

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

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.

Lynda Frewer

Geologist

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

Jason Beckton

Geologist

Jason Beckton has been an explorer in many countries, and his team proved up the major Palmarejo – Sierra Madre silver deposit in Mexico. He is currently managing director of Prospech which is exploring in Slovakia.

Phil Fillis

Geologist

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

Mark Hughes

Geologist

Mark Hughes began his career exploring in Northern Canada and the Arctic, before preferring the warmer climes of Australia and Africa. He was a senior figure in Gallery Gold’s discovery in Botswana.

Ken Russell

Geologist

Ken Russell had a varied career in engineering and manufacturing before a move into the oil and gas industry as an employee, consultant and director.

Trevor Sykes

Trevor Sykes was a resource journalist for over 60 years and, writing as Pierpont, chronicled and helped curtail mining corporate excesses.