The evolution of company welfare: practices at Mount Isa, Queensland

Kirkman, Noreen, and Kennedy, Kett H. (1992) The evolution of company welfare: practices at Mount Isa, Queensland. In: Tenfelde, Klaus, (ed.) Sozialgeschichte Des Bergbaus Im 19 Und 20 Jahrhundert: Towards a Social History of Mining in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Papers Presented to the International Mining History Congress Bochum, Federal Republic of Germany, September 3rd-7th, 1989. C.H. Beck, München, Germany, pp. 1155-1165.

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Payable lead ore was discovered at Mount Isa in 1923 however Mount Isa Mines required substantial capital to bring the mine into production. This came with the involvement of Russo-Asiatic whose Chairman of Directors was Leslie Urquhart. Urquhart introduced substantial employee welfare programs to attract a large workforce. One of the most notable programs was the building of the planned company town of Isa Mines from 1928. The settlement included houses for married employees, barracks for single workers, stores, a clubhouse and many recreational facilities. While the low lead price and economic depression prevented substantial additions to the housing stock during the 1930s, the Isa Mines settlement can be regarded as one of Australia’s earliest comprehensively planned company mining towns.

Item ID: 24930
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-406-35118-1
Keywords: Mount Isa Mines, housing, social infrastructure
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2013 01:20
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
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