The West Australian - - WEST BUSINESS -

Min­ing his­tory buffs will be champ­ing at the drill bit to get their hands on a new book which de­tails the his­tory of for­mer WA re­sources in­sti­tu­tion Western Min­ing.

Man­darins & Mav­er­icks: Re­mem­ber­ing Western Min­ing 1933-2005 is a 400-page hard cover with pictures, graphs, maps and profiles.

The book re­vis­its the com­pany’s hum­ble beginnings as a WA gold ex­plorer founded by WS Robin­son in 1933 to a di­ver­si­fied global miner as well as its de­merger and takeover by BHP in 2005.

Writ­ten by for­mer business jour­nal­ist Martin Sum­mons, it is the brain­child of for­mer WMC his­to­rian Gil­bert Ralph.

For­mer ex­ec­u­tives Arvi Parbo, Hugh Mor­gan, Jeff Gre­sham, David Grif­fiths and Don Mor­ley formed a com­mit­tee to fund the book, avail­able for $59.95 from info@wm­c­book.com.au.

With Stu­art McKin­non and Sean Smith

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