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Brinsmead, T. G (1944) The Tasmania non-ferrous mineral industry. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The following is an attempted economic study
of Tasmania's principal non-ferrous mineral industries
comprising copper, tin, silver-lead and zinc, which are
surveyed separately and prefaced by an historical outline
of the chief mining fields relating to each.
The historical outlines have been included
because they indicate the economic problems awaiting
solution, and in addition they testify to the wisdom or
otherwise of certain policies, and the applicability of
specific principles.
The economic survey here undertaken was prompted
by a spirit of enquiry arising out of a three years'
close association with Tasmania's west Coast mining fields.
The instability of mining, with its derelict capital,
annihilation of whole towns and impermanence in community
life generally,first aroused this enquiry. The method adopted has been to collect as
many facts as possible pertaining to the subject, and
from this
data, make a study of the structure and problems
of each industry separately In the final analysis, the
thesis is permitted to emphasise its most obvious conclusions,and
provide a brief practical proposition as an
answer to them. The base year taken for copper is 1933, and
although this was a very unfavourable year for most industries,
no serious objection can be taken to it here, for
the copper industry was a steadily expanding one. Whore
obtainable, I have tried to make 1928 the base year on
which to plot graphs, because this year was generally
recognised as a most favourable one.
All statistics are authentic, except where
marked "Approximate", and there they are provided only
on the most reliable evidence. Companies facing the biggest
problems, such as the Mt. Lyell Mining and Railway Company
Limited, proved the most fruitful in my canvass for information,
while those whose problems were relatively small
were the least willing and the most suspicious.

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
Keywords: Mineral industries
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Copyright 1944 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Thesis (M.Com.)--University of Tasmania, 1945. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:50
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