Interview with Dr Ray Boyle, FIEAust CPEng(Ret)

We caught up with one of Rockhampton's longest serving members. Dr Ray Boyle, FIEAust CPEng(Ret), is a Fellow who first joined Engineers Australia on the 16 October 1950
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How much has the profession changed since becoming a member?

The most exciting change has been the availability of the internet to provide training on line. While large employers maintained adequate technical libraries, the internet has made available material about which engineers in regional centers could but dream.

I mention training below and the Profession (especially in Central Queensland) can be proud that it was the Local Group which had the vision to lobby for the establishment of tertiary education in Central Queensland. It was the Rockhampton Group under Chairman James Goldston which fought for the establishment of a local University and won the setting up of a local branch of the Queensland Institute of Brisbane.  Jim’s work and that of his successor Bruce Hiskens resulted, over a period of years, in the establishment of the Capricornia Institute of Advance Education, the University of Central Queensland and currently The Central Queensland University (CQU).Unfortunately the work of these two engineers is not clearly acknowledged by the current leaders of CQU except that the Rockhampton Group commissioned a painting of Jim which hangs in the foyer of the Engineering building [formerly known as The James Goldston Building] and a plaque honoring Bruce is in the foyer of the University Library[formerly the Bruce Hiskens Library].

As Chairman of the Institute Council and later as the first Chancellor of the University College of Central Queensland Bruce Hiskens devoted many hours and much travelling to and from Gladstone and when asked why he had devoted so much time to the office replied that ‘I did not want others to go through what we went through’ referring to the many hours of travel we students from Mount Morgan had committed to attend night classes at Rockhampton.   

Seventy years ago, while there was a central body based in Canberra and with a Division in Brisbane each Regional Group appeared to be autonomous in setting its program of activities. Regular monthly meetings included organized visits to operating plants, projects and addresses by in-house speakers and visiting ‘dignities’ who could be co-opted  at short notice to address the Group. Special social events including family participation ensured families were included in our professional doings,

Admittedly, regional activities of government departments (eg railways, power supply local councils), construction activities (eg railways, private consultants) and from the early 1960 education ensured the above programmers were extensive and highly successful.

The recent relocation of engineering personnel out of the district coupled with stricter control of event planning by Brisbane has seen a disappointing drop in the social and academic events put on by Regional Groups. Freeing up of Brisbane control to permit a less regimented approach to the organization of ‘ah hoc’ meetings by Groups would be to advantage.

 

What is your fondest memory of Engineers Australia?

I was 20 years old when I became a Student Member while in my third year of my apprenticeship. The senior staff (from the General Manager down) who were members welcomed me and made me a feel a part of the group and included me in all the group activities. Through their encouragement I was included in all the activities of the Rockhampton/Mount Morgan Group. These activities enable me to undertake visits to engineering works (the new bridge across the Fitzroy River, the construction of the new Glenmore Power station, the Rail Deviation to replace the ABT Rack railway up the mountain and Rockhampton extensions to civic infrastructure were under way). These visits broadened my knowledge of ‘real’ engineering and was a valuable contribution to the engineering course I was undertaking. Even after I resigned my membership I was, by default, included in the local group activities which the GM saw as part of my training.

The Mount Morgan Group was very active and enabled me to form friendships which lasted for years.

 

Where and what did you study?

See my tertiary education progress below.

After completing the Senior Public Certificate at the Rockhampton Grammar School I was offered a Fitting and Turning apprenticeship with Mount Morgan Limited on condition that I enrolled in the Diploma of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering [DipMEE] offered by the University of Queensland through  night time attendance at the Rockhampton Technical College.

 

Letter C8194 to RFB 5 April 1948,  

Letter

The DipMEE goes as far back as the early 1920s and was open to mechanical and electrical apprentices and to tradesmen of these disciplines; the student had to prove each year as he enrolled that he was he was still employed in the particular calling. The course was open to those holding the Queensland Junior Public Certificate and early subjects in the course were taken from that certificate. Holders of Senior were exempted from these subjects. The course was 4 years of 35 week duration. Holders of the diploma were able to sit for the (then) IEAust in-house subjects to gain admission to the Institution.

A number of MML apprentices enrolled in the DipMEE and went on to hold senior engineering positions around Australia. Capricornia Electricity encouraged their cadets and apprentices to use the DipMEE as a stepping stone to senior management with the Board (Noel Tudman, Merv Nash, Rol Oxenham) as did the Railways (Jim Goldston held a DipMEE), Lakes Creek meatworks (Keith Watts) and even some smaller engineering  works (Peter Twigg of Burns and Twigg held the diploma).

By the time I was finished the Diploma, completing the course did not qualify the student to sit for the IEAust subjects.

I found myself in this position and enrolled in the new 7 year Associate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering but an overseas study tour on behalf of Mount Morgan   and secondment to a company subsidiary in NSW delayed my enrolment. I commenced the course part time through the Queensland Institute of Technology Brisbane from 1963 to 1966 and when the Institute in Rockhampton gained autonomy, through the Rockhampton campus of the Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education, again part-time equivalent to three nights a week.

I completed the course in 1969 and graduated that year.

I applied for Graduate Membership in September 1970.

(See CV)

 

What do you think is the biggest innovation to have come out of Australian engineering?

I would not presume to make a choice but rather refer you to the wonderful selections made in 'Wonders never cease, 100 Australian engineering achievements', Engineers Australia [IEAust] Centenary Book published to celebrate the Centenary of the Institution, 2019, ISNB 978-1-025627-30-5.

 

What do you enjoy doing now?

Leading up to my formal retirement in 2000 and continuing in part up to the present time, I have expanded my attention to engineering heritage especially on the engineering history of the Mount Morgan mine. This has presented itself in delivering papers at engineering and other conferences as well as the publication of engineering history especially in the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Bulletin and, through the good offices of the Editor, Margret Doring, in the EAH magazine.   

[See my abridged CV for a listing of these articles/conference].

I have been a long-term member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (since 1952) and in 1990 through that membership I was approached by the late Sir Arvi Parbo the (then) President to prepare a short paper on The Mining Heritage of Central Queensland which he used as part of a series of Presidential addresses delivered to Branches throughout Australasia. The work of preparing this paper made me realise the contribution engineers of all disciplines had made to the heritage of the mining industry.

While still employed by the University, encouraged by this realization, and with my Dean’s support, I undertook part-time research into the history of the closure of the Mount Morgan Gold Mining Company Limited and the first twenty-one years of the life its successor, Mount Morgan Limited. The resulting thesis was A Study of the Management and Growth Patterns of Mount Morgan Limited, 1929-1950 for which I was awarded a Master of Arts degree by CQU in 1994.

For the next ten years I was content preparing the articles listed in my CV until, in 2004, I realized that most people were unaware of the reasons for the success or failure of Mount Morgan Limited, and of the management decisions that ultimately affected the lives and prosperity of the Mount Morgan community. Consequently, there have been areas of narration, especially in this latter period, which have drawn either praise or criticism, often without sufficient and accurate historical detail by way of comparison.  By examining areas of ‘praise or criticism’ in the operation of Mount Morgan Limited, and placing these within the context of the broader mining community, I enrolled in a PhD with CQU to prepare a new analysis of the history of the mine.

The resulting thesis ‘Mount Morgan Limited, The Triumphs and Disappointments, 1932- 1990’ was submitted and I was admitted to a PhD in 2014.

In parallel with my engineering heritage interests, I have researched and published six family histories commencing with my great-great grandfather, Ven. John Ramsden Wollaston, 1791 -1856, the first Archdeacon of Western Australia and presently ending with my grandfather, Ramsden Gledstanes Talbot, 1858-1937, Station Manager, Grazier, Horse Breeder, Civic Leader and Family Patriarch.

While the research is family based, each of the above analyses the history of the areas in which each of the family lived and their contribution to that history.   

 

Partial CV for Ray Frank Boyle

Education

Primary

  •  St Lawrence State School July 1935- December 1936, Hall State School Rockhampton, January-May 1937, Yeppoon State School, May 1937-August 1940, Rockhampton Central Boys State School, August 1940-December 1943.

Secondary:

  •  To Queensland University Senior Public Certificate: The Rockhampton Grammar School, 1944-1947.

Tertiary:

  • Diploma of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, [DipMEE], University of Queensland Course, Studied part time externally through the Queensland Department of Education, Rockhampton, Completed 1955.
  • Associate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, [ADME], 1960 Course, Queensland Institute of Technology [QIT], studied part time externally from QIT Brisbane from1963 to 1966 and completed part time at QITCapricornia, Rockhampton 1967-1969. QITCapricornia, Rockhampton was the precursor of CQU Rockhampton. Completed November 1969.
  • Master of Arts, [MArts], Part time, Central Queensland University [CQU], Rockhampton, 1995. Thesis Title: A Study of the Management and Growth Patterns of Mount Morgan Limited, 1929-1950,
  • Doctor of Philosophy, [PhD], Part time, Central Queensland University [CQU], Rockhampton, 2014, Thesis title: Mount Morgan Limited, The Disappointments and Triumphs, 1932-1990.

Qualifications

  • Fellow, Engineers Australia; CPEng [Ret] Membership Number 180540
  • Fellow, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Membership Number 13043
  • Commissioner for Declarations for the State of Queensland, Registration Number 17405, from 29 November 2013, after the passing of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Justices of the Peace) Amendment Act 2013.
    [Previously]
  • Justice of the Peace (Qld) from 1980-1991.
  • Justice of the Peace, (Commissioner for Declarations), Queensland ,1991; after changes to the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Act 1991,

Professional memberships

  • Student Member, Engineers Australia, October 1950 to December 1960
  • Graduate Member, Engineers Australia, September 1970 to December 1975
  • Member, Engineers Australia, December 1975 to January 1992
  • Fellow, Engineers Australia, from January 1992.
  • Member, College of Mechanical Engineers, Engineers Australia, from January 1992
  • Student Member, The AusIMM, 1952 to 1962
  • Associate Member , The AusIMM, 1962 to 1970  
  • Member, The AusIMM, from 1970 to 1992.
  • Fellow, The AusIMM, from February 1992.
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Queensland, (Reg. No 1206), 1980-2005

Awards

  • 1983, Community Merit Award, Rotary Club of Mount Morgan.
  • 1993 EXCEL Award, University of Central Queensland.
  • 1996 Certificate of Appreciation, Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal,
  • 2008, Nominated by Engineers Australia, Rockhampton Group for the Sir John Monash Heritage Award
  • 2009, Certificate of Appreciation, Engineers Australia, Rockhampton Group
  • 2010, Certificate of Appreciation, Douglas Lodge No 35, UGLQ,
  • 2011, Queensland Division Medal, Engineers Australia,
  • 2015, 25 year Service Certificate as a Justice of the Peace, Queensland.  [Actual service at that time 35 years but the next level is 40 years’ service for which in 2029 I now qualify.]

Career

  • Apprentice Fitter and Turner, Mount Morgan Limited, [Mount Morgan Mine], 1948-1953.
  • Draftsman, Mount Morgan Limited, 1953-1954
  • Assistant Mechanical Engineer, Mount Morgan Limited 1955 -1956
  • Acting Executive Engineer, Mount Morgan Limited, 1956-1957
  • Mechanical Engineer, Mine, Mount Morgan Limited, 1957-1968
  • Senior Mechanical Engineer/Deputy Chief Engineer, Mount Morgan Limited, 1968-1969
  • Acting Chief Engineer, Mount Morgan Limited, November 1969- February 1970
  • Chief Engineer, Mount Morgan Limited, 1970 - 1983
  • Engineering Consultant in private practice, 1983-1985
  • Senior Administration Officer, James Goldston Faculty of Engineering, CQU, 1986-1996,
  • Part-time Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at CQU 1983- 2000.
  • Engineering Heritage Consultant (especially relating to the Mount Morgan Mine site) 1984-2010.

Especial Training

  • April 1958, W D Scott and Co., Sydney, Four week course in Methods Time Management.
  • April 1959, W D Scott and Co., Brisbane, Two week course in Middle Management
  • July 1959, W D Scott and Co., Brisbane, One week course in Work Simplification,
  • August-November 1960, Fourteen Week Study Tour to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Germany
  • April 1962, One Week Study Tour to Mount Isa,
  • June 1968, One Week Study Tour to the Pilbara Region of Western Australia,
  • December 1968, One week Study Tour to Whyalla and Iron Knob , SA
  • September 1970, Four week Study Tour of Mining Operations in South Australia and Northern Territory,
  • July 1974 and September 1976,  Study Tours to Yabulu Nickel Refinery and Copper Refineries, Townsville
  • April 1976 and June 1977, Review of the Failure of the Warrego Smelter and Studies of Remedial Actions, Tennant Creek
  • September –October 1979, Four-week Study Tour of the Philippines, United States, Canada, Britain and South Africa in connection with the proposed Tailing Retreatment Plant
  • March and June 1980, Two One-Week Study Tours of the Philippines in connexion with the proposed Tailing Retreatment Plant.
  • July 1980, One Week Study Tour to South Africa in connexion with the proposed Tailing Retreatment Plant
  • September 1983, One Week Study Tour of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.

Present Community Interests

  • Corresponding member of Engineers Australia, National Engineering Heritage Committee since 1995
  • Corresponding member of Engineers Australia, Engineering Heritage Committee, (Queensland) since 1980. Membership of this Committee was as the representative of Engineers Australia, Rockhampton Group. Resigned in 2000 as Rockhampton Group appears to have lost interest in the Heritage Committee – I remain a Corresponding Member in my own right.
  • Corresponding member, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Committee, from September 2014.
  • Member, Australian Mining History Association, since 2002,

Past Community Interests

  • Company appointed Member, Mount Morgan Limited Works Welfare Committee, 1956-1983,
  • Member, Parochial Church Council, St Mary’s Anglican Church, Mount Morgan, 1956-1983 including terms as Churchwarden, Parochial Nominator, Synod Representative, and Parish Secretary.
  • Member, Rotary Club of Mount Morgan, 1970-1985, (President 1974-1975)
  • Foundation Vice-President, Mount Morgan and District Historical Society, 1973-1974,
  • Committee Member, Mount Morgan and District Historical Society, 1975-1978, 
  • Honorary Life Member, Mount Morgan and District Historical Society,
  • Member, St Mary’s Retirement Village Committee, Mount Morgan, 1974-1977.
  • Government appointed Member, The Mount Morgan Hospitals Board, 1977-1985,
  • Patron, Mount Morgan Welfare Bowls Club, 1977-1979,
  • Patron, Mount Morgan Welfare Swimming Club, 1977-1983,
  • Invited Member, Central Queensland Collection Advisory Committee (within the library of the [then] Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education (CIAE) now CQUniversity, 1981-1986,
  • Foundation President, Capricornia Collection Society based on the Capricornia Collection, CQU Library, Rockhampton, 1986-1987, President 1987-1988, Committee Member (1988 to 1996),
  • So called 'Reminder’, Engineers Australia local representative providing liaison with students within the James Goldston Faculty of Engineering, CIAE (now CQUniversity), 1986-1996.
  • Member, Committee appointed to plan and implement local courses for engineering professional development, Engineers Australia Rockhampton Group, 1990-1992.
  • Secretary, Engineers Australia Rockhampton Group, Central Region Engineering Conference, Rockhampton, 25-27 September 1992.
  • Committee member, Engineers Australia, Rockhampton Group, 1988-2000. 
  • Organiser/Secretary, Stanwell Power Station Symposium, Rockhampton, 5-7 July 1990
  • Member of the Rural Social and Economic Research Centre (heritage, culture and environment section), Central Queensland University (CQU), 1995-1997.
  • Member, Board of St Steven’s College, Gladstone, 1999-2001. 
  • Member of the Bishop’s Advisory Committee, Anglican Catholic Church in Australia [ACCA], 1998- 2001,
  • Member of National Diocesan Council, ACCA, 1999-2001,
  • Priest’s Warden and Treasurer, Our Lady of Walsingham Anglican Catholic Church, Parish of Capricornia, Rockhampton (1995- 2008),
  • Member of the National Synod, ACCA, 1997-2009.
  • Member of the Queensland Synod, ACCA, 2005-2009.
  • Member, The Rockhampton and District Committee of the [Masonic] Board of Benevolence, 1983-1997 (including 5 years as Deputy Chairman),
  • Central Queensland Co-ordinator, Masonic Awareness Week and Care 4 Kids Appeal, 1996.
  • Regional Co-ordinator, Masonic Region No 2, 1996-1998.
  • Member of the [State] Board of [Masonic] General Purposes, 1998-2002.
  • Member, Committee of Governors, Geriatric Medical Foundation of Queensland, (from 1987 until the Committee was disbanded in 2002). 
  • Member, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Committee, 2001-2014,
  • Member, St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Parochial Church Council, Rockhampton, from June 2017 until November 2018.

Heritage consultancies

  • Survey of redundant plant and equipment at the Mount Morgan Mine, for Mount Morgan Limited, 1984, 21 volumes.
  • The Heritage Significance of the Mt Chalmers Mine Site, for Federation Mining, 1995.
  • The Heritage Significance of the Mount Morgan Power Station, for the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy, June 1995.
  • Detailed Photographic Recording of Asbestos in the Mount Morgan Power Station, the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy, July 1995.
  • The Performance of a Contractor in the Removal of Asbestos from the Mount Morgan Power Station with Particular Reference to the Heritage of the Place. For the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy, September 1995. 
  • The Heritage Significance (non-aboriginal) of the No. 7 Dam [the "Big Dam” ] at Mount Morgan, For the Mount Morgan Shire Council,  
  • A Study of the Cultural and Heritage Significance of Selected Buildings and Structures at the Mount Morgan Mine, For the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy, January 1999.
  • The Mount Morgan Big Stack and The Assay Stack – formerly the Electric Light Works Stack, For Bill Jordan and Associates Pty Ltd, October 2008.

Honorary Heritage Consultancies

  • Attendance at the Mount Morgan Mine Rehabilitation Workshop, 8-9 May 2000 
  • Advice to and reviewing material prepared by Austral Archeology Pty Ltd. for a report Conservation and Heritage Study for Mount Morgan Mine, 2001.
  • Reviewing material for most recent Conservation and Heritage Study for the Mount Morgan Mine, 2002-2003. For Austral Archaeology Pty Ltd and the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy.
  • Reviewing material prepared by various consultants in connexion with the Mount Morgan Experience. For the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy and indirectly to the Mount Morgan Shire Council.
  • From time to time providing answers to officers of the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy in relation to queries raised by them about the heritage of the Mount Morgan Mine.

Heritage Studies

  • St Mary's Anglican Church, St Mary's Church Hall and the Rectory, Gordon Street, Mount Morgan, Evidence to support a proposal for entry into the [Queensland] Heritage Register, November 1996.
  • Wintergarden Theatre, Alma Street, Rockhampton, Evidence to support a proposal for entry into the [Queensland] Heritage Register, September 1997.

Conference Papers

  • R. F. Boyle, Maintenance procedures in the Open Cut  of Mount Morgan Limited, Engineers Australia, Rockhampton Group, June 1959
  • R. F. Boyle, Smelter Maintenance, Peko Wallsend Metals Limited Seminar, Mount Morgan, July 1973,
  • R. F. Boyle, A study of the engineering requirements for the London-Victoria Mine at Parkes, NSW, Seminar, ‘The further development of the joint venture, Alkane Explorations Ltd  and Golden Plateau NL’, Sydney, September 1983,
  • R. F. Boyle, The carbon-in-pulp process for the recovery of gold from the tailings of the Mount Morgan mine, Engineers Australia, Rockhampton Group, Rockhampton, October 1983,
  • R. F. Boyle, The Mount Morgan High School and its  association with the mine,  Mount Morgan High School Speech Night,  November 1983,
  • R. F. Boyle, The history of the Mount Morgan mine – a technical overview, Engineers Australia, Rockhampton Group meeting, April 1986,
  • R. F. Boyle, The history of the Mount Morgan mine,  - some outstanding people, Presidential address, Capricornia Collection Society, March 1987,
  • R. F. Boyle, The financial wonders of the Mount Morgan mine, Address as part of the Rockhampton City Council Bicentennial Project on local history, North Rockhampton library, April 1988.
  • R. F. Boyle, The Mining Heritage of Central Queensland, Prepared for Sir Arvi Parbo when he was President of the AusIMM, 1990.
  • R. F. Boyle and Carol Gistitin, The Golden Mount – Central Queensland’s First triumph, 5th National Conference on Engineering Heritage, Perth, 3-5 December 1990.
  • R. F. Boyle, Towards a Clever Country – A Co-operative Effort, Combined Mining and Electricity Seminar, Rockhampton, 24 May 1991.
  • R. F. Boyle, Mount Morgan, The Mine which changed the course of Central Queensland, 1992 Central Region Engineering Conference, Rockhampton, 25-27 September 1992.
  • R. F. Boyle, Some Historical Sidelines on early Rockhampton Engineering Services, 1992 Central Region Engineering Conference, Rockhampton, 25-27 September 1992.
  • R. F. Boyle and Carol Gistitin, Mount Morgan, A new Beginning, 6th National Conference on Engineering Heritage, Hobart, 5-7 October 1992. [Published in The IEAust, ‘Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, Multi-Disciplinary Engineering’, Vol. GE 17 No. 2 December 1993].
  • R. F. Boyle, R. W. G. White, and O. A. Wilson, Mount Morgan – Marvellous Mountain, The AusIMM Centenary Conference, Adelaide, 30 March-4 April, 1993. [Published in ‘The AusIMM Centenary Conference, 30 March - 4 April 1993, Adelaide South Australia’, The AusIMM, Publication Series No. 2/93ISBN 0 949106 79 8]
  • R. F. Boyle, Mount Morgan - Generations of Power, Ipswich Branch Engineers Australia Conference, 1995.
  • R. F. Boyle, Recording the Heritage of a Mine is in your hands, The Mine Safety Conference, Brisbane, 13 June 1995. 
  • R. F. Boyle, Mount Morgan - There Was Hardly a Process They Did Not Try! APESMA Conference, Mount Morgan, 28 July 2001.
  • R. F. Boyle, The Heritage of Mount Morgan, Engineers Australia, Rockhampton Group, 26 July 2004.

Publications

  • A. G. Shanks & R. F. Boyle, The First One Hundred Years, Mount Morgan Masonic Lodge No 57 UGLQ, Mount Morgan,1988, 
  • R. F. Boyle, Mount Morgan's mining heritage: a model for the future? In Denis Cryle (Ed) et al, Futures of Central Queensland, CQU, 1996.
  • Denis Cryle, Betty Cosgrove and Ray Boyle, Birch Carroll and Coyle and the Regional Picture Palace: a case study. In Transformations No.1 [ISSN 1444-377], Central Queensland University, September 2000. See http://www.cqu.edu.au/transformations.
  • R. F. Boyle, The Rockhampton Wintergarden Theatre, A Heritage Study. (With Dr Denis Cryle et al), CQU, Centre for Social Science Research, 2001, ISBN 1-876674 16 4.
  • R. F. Boyle, The Andrew Wood Smith Sovereign Chapter, No 52 - Rose Croix of Heredom, A Fifty Year Celebration. The Andrew Wood Smith Sovereign Chapter, Mount Morgan, October 2001. This publication was revised in October 2011 to reflect the 60th anniversary of the Chapter.
  • R. F. Boyle, Legacies of Mount Morgan, The AusIMM Bulletin, July/August, 2002, pp. 62-63
  • R. F. Boyle, Mining History 2003, Journal of Australasian Mining History – A Review, The AusIMM Bulletin, March/April 2004, pp. 81-82.
  • R. F. Boyle, Mount Morgan - There Was Hardly a Process They Did Not Try! The AusIMM Bulletin, February 2012, pp. 90-93.
  • R. F. Boyle, A Remarkable Gift – 100 Years of the Walter & Eliza Hall Trust - A Review, The AusIMM Bulletin, April 2013, p.90.
  • R. F. Boyle, (edited by Margret Doring), Moving the golden ore of Mount Morgan – from drays to high tech machinery, 1882 to 1927, Engineers Australia Heritage Magazine, January2018, pp. 8 -16.
  • R. F. Boyle, Technology and a mountain of gold, published in 'Wonders never cease, 100 Australian engineering achievements', Engineers Australia [IEAust] Centenary Book published to celebrate the Centenary of the Institution, 2019, ISNB 978-1-025627-30-5.

Family Histories

  • The Venerable John Ramsden Wollaston. Archdeacon, Clerical Pioneer, Builder and Patriarch of The Wollaston, Talbot and Bowman Families. A different approach to the story of his life in Colonial Western Australia.
  • Mary Agnes Creyke, 1830-1914, “A survivor of tragedy and hardship, ‘She hath done what she could.’”
  • Alexander William Going Talbot, 1823-1871.
  • Rev. Robert Gregory Creyke, 1820-1889, ‘[He was a truly gentle man] when you came to know of the kindly feeling, the gentlemanly demeanour, and the intellectuality of the ‘Vicar’ himself’. 
  • Ramsden Gledstanes Talbot, 1858-1937, Station Manager, Grazier, Horse Breeder, Civic Leader and Family Patriarch.
  • The Ripplebrook Story, The Life and Times of the Talbots at Ripplebrook and its connexion with St Lawrence.