Born 14th. May 1938 in Johore Bharu Malaysia.  First memories are of New Zealand. Returned home to the United Kingdom by way of the Panama Canal, New York and the North Atlantic before the end of the war.

Grew up in Scotland, graduated from Edinburgh University BSc Hons Geology 1960. Then discovered and mapped a small  complicated area in unmetamorphosed Precambian sedimentary rocks in Northwest Scotland. Eventually I realized the PreCambrian shorelines I had mapped closely resembled the modern shorelines I looked at every day. Graduated Ph.D Geology Reading University 1964.

The rocks were formed by processes that are acting today like the prof said!

Joined the Saskatchewan Department of Mineral Resources in May 1964 as a Precambrian mapping party chief after aninterview in the Saskatchewan consulate in London, England. Mapping the 15” Hickson Lake was a big and mostly very positive experience. Someone in Regina told me don’t show up until you have completed your 90 days. During the long winter In Regina I learned that a La Ronge Laboratory was to be built in 1965 and  I would  be stationed there. My supervisor answered “nothing” when I asked him what I he thought I knew about it. Completed the fieldwork for my second  15” sheet Maribelli Lake in 1965. Winter 1965/66 meant working one week out of every month in the new Saskatchewan PreCambrian Geological Laboratory La Ronge. The program agreed with my own idea that the province should “get the ball up the park”.

Initially maximum laboratory staff were a secretary, geologist, mining recorder and laboratory technician who doubled as chief expediter to the field mapping parties in the summer.  1-3 summer assistants helped the technician. Working in La Ronge was a learning experience which required new priorities. The laboratory’s purpose was to assist mineral exploration and report to Regina. Sharing information with mineral exploration personnel was important in making useful Regina reports. 

The laboratory enabled a client to stake and check claims; study assessment work, government  geology and geophysical reports; examine provincial collections of mineralized rocks and core. At one time basic analytical equipment was available. Clients included mineral exploration personnel, prospectors and the general public. The office could also provide information on local services i.e. contract stakers, geophysical operators, drillers, expediters, grocery stores and air companies. The department  offered mining recorders at Creighton, Uranium City as well as  La Ronge, plus Resident Geologists at Uranium City in the sixties. My favorite jobs included flying out to the bush to examine showings, report on drill jobs or pick up core. With the discovery of the Rabbit Lake (1968) and Key Lake (1975) the situation changed.  Visits to mines or properties that would become mines became more common. 8 gold mines were added. My duties included writing the annual Saskatchewan Exploration and Development  Highlights handout distributed at the Saskatchewan  Geological Survey’s Open House in Saskatoon.

Although after 39 year service I retired from the government  service in 2003, I have been able to work part time offering my services as a consulting geoscientist in Geology and Mineral Exploration. Duties have included writing technical, 43-101 compliant technical reports, assessment work research, drill program geologist, small company formation and management.  Recently I  assembled Northlands College Mineralized Rock and Core Collections  to support a number of Northlands College courses.

 

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