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A tribute to Bill Brook


Alegend in Fiji’s mining history was laid to rest in Nadi last month. Bill Brook, a seasoned exploratio­n geologist famed for his discovery of the Tuvatu gold deposit in the late 1980s, served the mining and mineral exploratio­n sector for over 50 years.

He founded Geopacific Resources Limited.

Mr Brook was 82 when he died of a heart attack.

He is survived by wife, Sulu of Uruone, Vanuabalav­u, in Lau, and two sons.

“His last words were, “And the gate? Aren’t we going to close the gate?”

The couple were travelling to Nadi hospital when Mr Brook died.

His family described him as the quiet achiever who worked diligently.

“The funeral was just as he wanted – private and small,” Mrs Brook said.

Mr Brook once described himself as ancient – a fact he backed by his preference for a button phone, over a smartphone.

As managing director for mineral exploratio­n company Mineral Exploratio­n (Fiji) Pte Limited, he served as a senior consultant for a number of mineral resource companies.

He was the founder of Akura Limited – an oil exploratio­n licence whose efforts were marred after Fiji became a signatory to an accord

that did not support the exploratio­n effort.

In an earlier interview with SunBiz, Mr Brook said the oil and gas exploratio­n company – which aimed to address the shortage of helium gas – was an effort that would die on the vine.

The company undertook oil and gas exploratio­n in Fiji from 2006 to 2014, with encouragin­g results.

However, due to the proposed ban on fossil fuels, Akura has ceased all operations in Fiji.

Mr Brook then turned his complete attention to gold.

He arrived in Fiji in 1975, with the French group of mineral explorers, Aquitaine, for a United Nations conference on manganese nodules.

He remained in Fiji, apart from time in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Mr Brook spent close to 60 years in the mineral exploratio­n field in Australia, and the southwest Pacific.

His favourite place in Fiji was Udu Point beach in Vanua Levu, a place that lit up like diamonds, he once said.

His past roles

Mr Brook was a former executive director for the Australian listed Geopacific Resources.

He was also country manager for Canadian mineral exploratio­n company, Thunderstr­uck Resources.

A private person, he enjoyed history as a hobby.

Lion One’s former managing director, Stephen Mann, said Mr

Mr Brook was known for his depth in history and geological knowledge of Fiji.

“He was instrument­al in the discovery of Tuvatu and was a significan­t role player in the discovery of gold mineralisa­tion in the Navilawa area,” Mr Mann said.

The Mining and Quarrying Council said Geopacific Resources continued with other exploratio­n in Fiji, and eventually became listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with substantia­l Australian interests taking over the business.

“Bill retired from Geopacific in

about 2010, and set up Akura Ltd to explore for oil and gas in Fiji,” council member Harvie Probert said.

Minister for Land and Mineral Resources, Jone Usamate, said Mr Brook’s name was synonymous with Thunderstr­uck Resources.

Thunderstr­uck Resources is a Canadian

mineral exploratio­n company that last month announced wrapping up an encouragin­g and active year of exploratio­n on highgrade Liwa gold/silver prospect. Liwa prospect is east of Nadi.

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