Lloyd S Jones


Lloyd was an outspoken character of the New Zealand mining industry. Born in Dunedin and educated at the Otago School of Mines, his first post-graduate work was exploration and mining in the Malaysian and Thailand tin mines from 1938. The Japanese occupation saw Lloyd interred from December 1941, including being in the notorious Changi Jail in Singapore. For the last three months he was close to death (in the Syme Road jail) with advanced beriberi and unable to speak. Those who knew Lloyd can testify to the strength and penetration of his voice – he could be heard upon entering the ground floor of the mines building from his office on the fifth floor – and would realise just how much this involuntary silence would have affected him. Happily, Lloyd made a full recovery, returning to the Blackwater Mine on New Zealand’s west coast.

He became a Mines Inspector in 1949, initially in Queensland, before returning to the west coast of New Zealand. He became Chief Inspector of Mines until his retirement in 1963. Lloyd was active in AusIMM matters, acting as Honorary Secretary of the New Zealand Branch for 33 years from its formation in 1966. He was also the New Zealand Branch Chair from 1977-1979. He was made an AusIMM Honorary Fellow in 1987 and granted the Beryl Jacka Award in 2000. He was also on the AusIMM Council in 1988. His interest in student education and his long dedication to AusIMM saw the New Zealand AusIMM service award being named after him.

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