Today Australia is the world’s second largest gold producing country and gold is one of its top exports. Yet almost 40 years ago, gold mining was only an insignificant part of Australia’s resources industry. The remarkable rebirth of what is now a major sector of the resources industry prompted former geologist, banker, corporate executive and consultant, Dr Sandra Close to document in detail why it has happened, what has continued to drive the boom, what people and companies have been involved and what the future may hold.
Many books dealing with the social history of gold mining have been written. However, books that describe and analyse the entire gold sector are rare, particularly those written from a technical, financial and commercial viewpoint by someone with a lifetime of experience gained in a broadly based career in the resources industry. Probably not since the early 1900s have such works been published regarding gold in Australia. The comprehensive nature of these books provides both a valuable insight into, and record of the past, as well as a basis for strategic decision making.
The publisher of these two books covering the 40 years of Australia’s Third or Modern Gold Boom is Surbiton Associates.