The President of the Chamber of Mines and general manager of the Great Boulder mine in 1901 was Richard Hamilton. The below is an excerpt from "Twentieth Century Impression of WA" P.W. Theil & Co., Perth WA, 1901
" ... a native of Bendigo, Victoria in which town he was educated. After leaving school he served in the office of a civil engineer and architect, where he spent three years studying the theoretical side of his profession. This was succeeded by five years' close studying of practical engineering. Thence he went into mining pursuits, and was assistant to his stepfather, who was the owner of a large milling plant, and who had many interests in the Bendigo district. Mr Hamilton later on, went to India, where he was manager of the Onnali and Pulvanhulli gold mines in the Mysore province. He retained this appointment for several years, and then returned to Australia, and sent a short period in the New England district of New South Wales. His next engagement took him to California, where he was associated with several mining properties on the Mexican border. In 1895 ... Mr Hamilton cane to Western Australia to fill the position of general manager of the Great Boulder Proprietary, Ltd, and, upon Mr. Lane's retirement, was appointed their attorney. Under Mr Hamilton's able management almost the whole of the development of the famous Great Boulder mine has been carried out. The president of the Chamber of Mines is exceedingly popular on the fields, where his attainments and genial manner are duly recognised and appreciated. He is on the Commission of the Peace for the State."
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