Argyle: The Impossible Story of Australian Diamonds

Author(s): Stuart Kells

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'Fascinating and lucid ... a valuable insight into an industry once widely praised but now undervalued by a nation that relies on it so strongly.' GEOFFREY BLAINEY



The remote Kimberley region of Western Australia has a rich history and unique geography. In the 1960s De Beers, the world's largest diamond company, sent gem-hunters to the area but they came away empty-handed. It was a vast region to survey, and they'd overlooked something vital.



A few years later, a team of Australian geologists with a tiny budget searched for even tinier mineral clues. Those clues led them to the earth's largest diamond deposit and the world's richest source of rare pink diamonds.


Based on in-depth research and interviews-including with Alan King Jones, Bill Leslie and 'the father of Australian diamonds', Ewen Tyler-Argyle- The Impossible Story of Australian Diamonds details the almost overwhelming challenges with realising a diamond mining venture in Australia, shows how these obstacles were overcome, and explores the mine's impact and legacy.

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General Fields

  • : 9780522877250
  • : Melbourne University Publishing
  • : Melbourne University Press
  • : 0.458
  • : February 2021
  • : 2.3 Centimeters X 15.3 Centimeters X 23.3 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 320
  • : 622.3820994
  • : English
  • : 2103
  • : Paperback
  • : Stuart Kells