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Ron’s background

Ron Manners has created this website to arm you, the reader, with information on not just the mining industry but economy and culture in general, allowing you to learn more about the world.

Mining is in Ron’s blood. His grandfather WG Manners, the son of a Ballarat prospector, headed to the ‘wild’ west in 1895 to set up a mining engineering business in Kalgoorlie. WG Manners & Co originally designed and built mining plants and has today evolved to be known as Mannwest Group, headed by Ron.

Ron’s long career has led him to experience a number of major world events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism is Russia and the Hong Kong handover.

He started out as an electrical engineer, training at Kalgoorlie School of Mines, and took over the family business in 1955. Croesus Mining was founded by Ron in the 1980s and during his time with the company it produced 1.275 million ounces of gold and paid 11 dividends. Between 1972 and 1995 Ron floated several Australian listed mining companies, before joining the board of a Canadian company with operations in Mexico, Brazil and Turkey.

The mining industry has seen a number of changes in the past 60 years, such as the introduction of new technologies, growth and the rise and decline of commodity prices and altered business practices. Ron weathered these changes with humility, enthusiasm and good humour.

As a proponent of the free market model, Ron set up Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, a think-tank that sponsors students and events in both Western Australia and overseas. He is an active member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is on the co-ordinating committee for the Commonwealth Study Conference.

Ron is the author of six books as well as numerous papers and addresses, most of which can be found on this website. All books, other than The Lonely Libertarian are also available as FREE ebooks (by clicking on the links below):

So I Headed West
Kanowna’s Barrowman
Never a Dull Moment
Heroic Misadventures
Poems of Passion
The Lonely Libertarian

Today, Ron is Managing Director of Mannwest Group. He is also Emeritus Chairman of the Australian Mining Hall of Fame Ltd and a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His contributions to industry and Australia have been marked by several awards including being elected as a Mining Legend at the 2005 Excellence in Mining and Exploration Conference in Sydney. In 2010 Ron was appointed to the Board of Overseers for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Washington, DC.


Having served the Australian resource industry and engineering industry since 1895 (six years before Australia’s Federation and the existence of an Australian flag) Mannwest Group/WG Manners & Co has developed a wide network of contacts.

The enables us to provide a number of consulting and advisory services. If we are able to assist within your timeframe we will suggest alternative, competent consultants.

Property Development

As an active member of several property development syndicates and companies, Mannwest Group has, over many years, developed a variety of commercial, residential and shopping centre developments. We invite new proposals for your investment consideration.