04 Jun 2018

125 years of mining heritage – the AusIMM timeline

Our 125-year anniversary offers an opportunity to look back at the years that brought us here today. To do this, AusIMM has created a timeline featuring some of the Institute’s most important historical moments. From its founding in 1893 all the way to the 21st century, the AusIMM and generations of its members have witnessed events that shaped the industry and changed the world.

AusIMM members played important roles in WWI and WWII. Some members remained in their jobs, supplying important mineral commodities to the war effort; other members were called on to serve overseas. One such member, Oliver Woodward, led experienced miners on the Western Front in France, digging tunnels for explosives. The story of these miners was chronicled in a film released in 2010. The trailer is included in our multimedia timeline.

The 20th century saw large exploration initiatives across Australasia and discoveries of significant mineral deposits shaped the region as a destination for investment in mining. Some of the most important discoveries include iron ore in the Pilbara in north-west Western Australia in 1960, Olympic Dam in South Australia in 1975 and the Lihir and Porgera deposits in Papua New Guinea.

Some events have been unique to the AusIMM – such as receiving a Royal Charter, granted by Queen Elizabeth II and received from the Duke of Edinburgh in 1955. The Royal Charter is a special privilege with only a selection of Australian organisations receiving such an honour.

We invite you to look through the timeline for a brief glimpse of the history that shaped the AusIMM, the industry and the world.