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Southern QLD Branch – 52nd Julius Kruttschnitt – A Link to QLD Contemporary Mine Safety

Join the Southern QLD Branch for the 52nd Annual Julius Kruttschnitt Lecture to hear from Distinguished Guest Speaker Peter J Dent on " A Link to QLD Contemporary Mine Safety."

Date: Thursday 3rd October 2019

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

QUT Room Three Sixty
Gardens Point Campus
2 George Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000

Includes: Drinks and canapes


Type Fee
AusIMM Member  $50
AusIMM Map Member  $25
Student Member  $25
Non-Member  $60


Registrations are essential

Registrations close on Wednesday 25th September.

Join the Southern QLD Branch for the 52nd Annual Julius Kruttschnitt Lecture to hear from Distinguished Guest Speaker Peter J Dent on ” A Link to QLD Contemporary Mine Safety” on Thursday 3rd October.

Peter Dent has had a long association with Mount Isa. His grandfather was among the many who pegged out leases on the fabulously rich silver lead outcrops that were to be absorbed by the fledging MIM in 1924. His father, who joined the company in 1929/30, was to know Julius Kruttschnitt well, as did Peter later growing up in Mount Isa.

Julius Kruttschnitt was to establish an MIM culture which supported employees to pursue tertiary qualifications, initially through The University of Queensland’s Department of Mining Engineering.  Julius Kruttschnitt had been largely responsible for establishing this facility through founding Professor Frank White.

Peter was the subsequent beneficiary of this culture and gained tertiary qualifications, with support from Professor White, and he was to progress to head the Engineering Division at Mount Isa Mines.

Peter further links his career in Government following a series of mine disasters in Qld mines to the initial career impetus and influence of Julius Kruttschnitt.

The Julius Kruttschnitt Lecture


The J K Lecture was named in honour of “Julius Kruttschnitt”, mining executive who was born on 7th May 1885 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America.

In September 1930 Julius Kruttschnitt accepted appointment as general manager of Mount Isa Mines Ltd (MIM), Queensland and went on to spend twenty-two years with MIM in various roles.

For all of his professional life Kruttschnitt contributed in a very active and significant way to the ongoing development of the mining industry within Australia and particularly in Queensland.

In 1962 the English Institute of Mining and Metallurgy awarded him its gold medal, and he was awarded the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s medal in 1946 in recognition of his outstanding services to the industry in Australia.

He was a board member of the faculty of engineering at the University of Queensland in 1954-62 and was granted an honorary doctorate of engineering in 1971. In 1971 MIM presented the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre to the university in his honour.

AusIMM Branch Awards

Each year, the JK Lecture presents an opportunity to demonstrate support to the next generation of mining industry professionals. The event includes the presentation of student awards to celebrate their academic achievements, including the presentation of the Ian Morley Thesis Prize. Additionally we recognise and acknowledge all the long standing Branch members.

Distinguished Guest Speaker

Peter J Dent – Fellow and Chartered Professional of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Peter Dent has extensive experience in the mining and other resources industries, in both the private and public sectors. Over the period 1964 – 1986 Peter held a number of senior executive/general management positions within the then MIM Holdings Limited companies.

Following a period as Senior General Manager EDI ,he was recruited from the private sector in 1988 to the then Qld Department of Mines (DME) as inaugural Director – Simtars, to establish the Safety in Mines Testing and Research Centre following the Box Flat and Kianga Mine disasters.

In 1996, as inaugural Executive Director of the Safety and Health Division , QLD DME, he led the restructuring of the  Division, following the Moura No. 2 Mine disaster in 1994.

He led the implementation of the recommendations of the Warden’s Inquiry into this disaster and held primary responsibility for the introduction of new mining, explosives and gas and petroleum regulatory laws in Queensland.

Peter has a B Eng.(U of Q ) M Eng. qual. (UNSW ).and Dip.ME Eng.  He is a 1978 graduate of the Executive Development Program of the INSEAD European Institute of Business Administration, undertaken in residence in Fontainebleau, France.

Peter is a recipient of:

– The Institution of Engineers Australia – Engineering Excellence Awards for years 1978 and 1983

– 1999 President’s Medal from the AusIMM

– Finalist and Bronze Medal Awards in the SAI Global Australian Business Awards for Business Excellence for years 2003 and 2005

– 2007 Queens’s Birthday Honours Public Service Medal

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