Ms Sabina Shugg Life Member 2017
“Sabina, a 1993 Mining Engineering graduate, has made a significant contribution to the Alumni over a 10 year period of continuous service as a council member and as a prominent member of the mining fraternity. Sabina has been a very effective at introducing, providing and contributing to the increase in female WASMA members, the increase in female enrolment to WASM and increases in secondary students studying STEM subjects especially females. Introducing major sponsors to WASMA programs, providing links to political and industry leaders, contributing to the mentoring program, the improvement of the D&D Sundowner through the introduction of WIMWA and contributing to WASMA matters using her extensive external network.
Sabina has almost singlehandedly been a beacon and pathfinder for women in mining which is extremely important to the function and success of the Alumni. In addition to her contributions to WASMA she has been widely recognised by her peers and other institutions.
Mr Tony James Life Member 2016
Managing Director of Carbine Resources, Tony James, was made a Life Member of WASM Alumni in August 2016, an honour that acknowledged a decade at the helm of the school’s alumni association. At 53, James is still at the “pit face”, now on a new quest for gold within the historic tailings of the Mount Morgan Gold Mine in Queensland. TJ treasures his relationship with WASM that began some 35 years ago.
James was born in Bridgetown, WA, in 1963 and, with a teacher as a father, lived in numerous regional towns during his childhood. It was his father who pointed him in the direction of WASM.
“He encouraged me to go to Kalgoorlie to visit WASM for a ‘Focus on Mining’ tour,” he says. He believed the mining industry had a bright future in WA and that it was a good fit for me. He was right.”James was accepted and begin studying as a mining engineer in 1981.
TJ’s career has seen him gain experience amid challenging roles in a wide range of locations including BHP Gold Mines, Telfer, Mt Pleasant, Newcrest, Western Metals, Delta and Aurion Gold, Black Swan
Nickel Mine, Lion Ore and Alacer Gold Corp. James renewed his relationship with WASM in 2000 when returned to Kalgoorlie to take up a role at the Kanowna Belle Gold Mine for Delta Gold. “I decided I should put back into WASM in acknowledgement of all the great opportunities I have received as a graduate,” he says. That led him to become the president of the WASM Alumni, a position he held for 10 years and of which he is now the immediate Past President. “That period of time was challenging for the Alumni and we have strengthened our resolve as to the importance of WASM and the value of those degrees received by its graduates over more than a century,” he says. “We are working hard to reestablish those strong affiliations and ensure the legacy continues.” TJ has been humbled by the award of WASM Alumni Life Membership. “I truly appreciate the recognition. It’s nice to be rewarded for the effort and service one puts into an organisation like WASMA,”
Mr Clive Annear Life Member 2015
Mr Jack Manners Graduated 1951
Jack Ernest Larkin Manners, life member of the WA School of Mines Graduates Association, was born in 1922 in Kalgoorlie, the eldest son of the Joe Manners, General Manager of one of the significant mines on the Golden Mile, Boulder Perseverance Limited. He was the first, second-generation graduate of the WA School of Mines and a third generation mining man.
When his father was a member of the staff of Rio Tinto Ltd, based in London, Jack attended Colet Court, St Paul’s Preparatory School for five years.
Initially, Jack worked on the Boulder Perseverance and Lake View and Star mines in Kalgoorlie but when he graduated he to moved to Northern Rhodesia where he joined Rhokana Corporation as a Mine Captain. This was a valuable experience, which no doubt helped in his appointment as Chief Mining Engineer for North Broken Hill Ltd in Broken Hill when he decided to return to Australia in 1960. In 1965 Jack moved to Melbourne and joined R Hare & Associates (later called Metals Exploration NL) as General Manager. This was at the height of the Western Australian nickel boom and there were many opportunities in Western Australia for experienced mining engineers.
Attracted by the excitement Jack returned to WA in 1967 and joined WMC in Kalgoorlie as Chief Mining Engineer. Much of the work he did was centred around Kambalda and two years later he was appointed Assistant Resident Manager – Administration at Kambalda Nickel Operations under John B Oliver.