Argyle

The Impossible Story of Australian Diamonds

Stuart Kells
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Argyle

The Impossible Story of Australian Diamonds

Stuart Kells
This is the story of the intrepid Australian geologists who discovered pink diamonds in the Kimberley.
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.
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.

Fascinating and Lucid”
GEOFFREY BLAINEY

Stuart Kells

Stuart Kells

Stuart Kells has written on a wide range of subjects including libraries, intellectual property, economic regulation, professional services, financial markets and diamond mining. His shorter works have been published around the world including in Smithsonian, The Paris Review, The Guardian and The Times. At the University of Melbourne he won the Desmond Cleary Prize in Financial Economics and the KPMG Prize in Taxation Law. He received the National Australia Bank Scholarship in…

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