Kanowna’s Barrowman — James Balzano: The Early History of Kalgoorlie’s Goldrushes

Kanowna’s Barrowman — James Balzano: The Early History of Kalgoorlie’s Goldrushes, 1859-1948 (Mannwest, 1993), a collaboration between George Compton and Ron Manners, is available for free in the following formats:

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So I Headed West — W.G. Manners: Ballarat to Broken Hill, to Kanowna, to Kalgoorlie

So I Headed West — W.G. Manners: Ballarat to Broken Hill, to Kanowna, to Kalgoorlie, 1863-1924 (W.G. Manners & co and Hesperian Press, 1992), by W.G. Manners, a Goldfields Pioneer, is available for free in the following formats:

So I Headed West
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Barnacles on the backside of progress

Address by Ron Manners to Seminar
“Kalgoorlie the next 100 years”
Kalgoorlie, October 24, 1990

Well here we are in Australia, in Kalgoorlie, trying to explore, to mine, to produce, to service and to create employment and opportunities for those around us.

With an industry that we can be proud of as a productive export-earning group of people working hard at overcoming many of the nations problems, you would think that we would be given red carpet treatment. Continue reading Barnacles on the backside of progress

Ron Manners sees union as a serious sport

Ron Manners, “Justice” column,
Free Market, November 1979, pp. 32-33.

Here’s an undercover recording of part of Ron’s court appearance discussed in this artice (this recording was marked on a cassette as “UNION CASE #2” so maybe there are additional clips on other cassettes):

May 2, 1979 in Kalgoorlie, started like any ordinary day. The phone at home rang at 4.00am. As the caller explained, “I know Kalgoorlie has 2 or 3 hours time difference on Sydney, not sure which way, so thought I would catch you before you go to lunch.”

Later at the office, two of our three girls were off sick and the remaining one, my secretary, was coping with their phone calls as well as aiding my departure to Perth, by lunchtime.

In walked a union heavy and demanded of my secretary, “I have come to inspect the books.” Continue reading Ron Manners sees union as a serious sport

Kalgoorlie (and Australia) Lookin’ Good, Feelin’ Awful

Seminar Background Paper by Ron Manners
President, Kalgoorlie Chamber of Commerce
June 8 1977

Introductory comment from Ron, December 1, 2015:
Although written for an economic seminar in 1977, it’s amazing how pertinent these comments are to a 2015 ‘reform starved’ Australia.

Continue reading Kalgoorlie (and Australia) Lookin’ Good, Feelin’ Awful