Roy Woodall AO FAusIMM, the doyen of Australian explorationists, has passed away in South Australia, aged 90.
He is acknowledged as central to the exploration and discovery culture of Western Mining Corporation, a company he worked for over a 42-year period, retiring in 1995 in his role as Director of Exploration.
According to WMC Historian, Gilbert Ralph OAM, Australian discoveries on Roy’s watch at WMC included Kambalda, Yeelirrie, Benambra, St Ives, Olympic Dam and Ernest Henry. Those discoveries extended to offshore activities in a wide range of countries.
A recipient of the prestigious AusIMM Medal in 1984, Roy served on many advisory bodies including the CSIRO, ANU, University of Adelaide, the Australian Science and Technology Council and the Antarctic Research Policy Advisory Committee. He was also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of WA.
Roy and his lifetime companion Barbara have 10 children.
Vale Roy Woodall.