Welcome to the Australasian Mining History Association

The Australasian Mining History Association (AMHA) was formed in 1995 to promote interest in our mining past. The Association studies all aspects of the history of mining in Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea).

AMHA members come from many backgrounds, both professional and non-professional. Anyone with an interest in any aspect of mining history is welcome to join. Among our members are laypersons, historians, students, heritage and environmental consultants, engineers, geologists, metallurgists, archaeologists, tourism managers etc. Their fields of interest include mining technology, archaeology, heritage and  transport, as well as economic, environmental  and social aspects of mining.

AMHA holds an annual conference, usually in a current or past mining area, and publishes a scholarly journal and a quarterly newsletter. Members also communicate through the AMHA Facebook page and Instagram.

We invite you to join us in discovering our fascinating mining past and heritage!

The Australasian Mining History Association

  • Promotes and coordinates activities and programs relating to Australasian mining history;
  • Encourages the study, discussion and publication of Australasian mining history;
  • Encourages the identification and preservation of records, sites, relics and materials relevant to Australasian mining.


The AMHA is a not-for-profit organisation.

Current Officers of the Australasian Mining History Association



Professor Geoffrey Blainey, AC


President :     Dr. Nic Haygarth
Vice President :     Mrs Nick Williams
Secretary :     Mr. Mel Davies
Treasurer :     Mr. Mel Davies


Mr. Stephen Imrie

Facebook Co-ordinator

Mr. Robert Barnes

Advisory Committee (State and Country Representatives)

ACT :     Mr. Aert Driessen, Dr. Ken McQueen
NSW :     Mr Edward Zbik, Mr. Stephen Shortis
NT :     Dr. David Carment, Dr. Beverley Phelts
QLD :     Dr. Ruth Kerr, Dr. Jan Wegner
SA :     Dr. Peter Bell, Dr. Ross Both
TAS :     Mr. Chris Boron, Mr. Greg Dickens
VIC :     Mr. Mathew Churchward, Mr  Ian Scott
WA :     Ms. Wendy Carter, Mr. Howard Tew
New Zealand :     Mr Nic MacArthur, Dr. Philip Hart
Early Career Representative :     Ms. Alissa Flatley