The Olympic Dam Story

How Western Mining defied the odds to discover and develop the world’s largest mineral deposit.

The Olympic Dam Story tells for the first time the surprising story behind the 1970s discovery of one of the world’s largest mineral deposits.

Published in 2010, the book has sold more than 3,000 copies and is credited with inspiring modern exploration teams to make their own discoveries.

Author David Upton explains how Western Mining’s pursuit of the best science, persistence, teamwork and a dash of good luck led from an exploration base in a suburban garage to a super-giant copper, uranium and gold resource.

The book describes how Western Mining overcame the main challenges of developing Olympic Dam, a multi-billion-dollar project more difficult than ever envisaged with the unexpected discovery of uranium.

By writing for the general reader as well as professionals, Upton makes the story accessible to anyone and provides a glimpse inside an industry that underwrites Australia’s prosperity.

The Olympic Dam Story is an important addition to mineral exploration history, with 70,000 words and many previously unpublished maps, extracts and personal recollections of key individuals in the search.

Includes a foreword by the late and great Sir Arvi Parbo, who was instrumental in bringing the book to fruition.

You can purchase a copy by contacting the author via the contact page. Price is A$50 and includes postage within Australia.