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Southern Queensland Branch – 53rd Julius Kruttschnitt Lecture: Challenges and Highlights from a Career in the Mining Industry

Julius Kruttschnitt rescued the Mount Isa Mine and then contributed to the  research and education in the industry.

In this tradition and as ex CEO of MIM,  Nick Stump will present the JK Lecture based on his experiences in the mining industry and how these can help students to chose and manage their career paths in the mining industry.


Date: Tuesday 17th November 2020

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm AEST

United Service Club Queensland Inc.
Glasgow Room
183 Wickham Terrace
Brisbane, QLD 4000

(The club is a 4 minute walk from Central Station and has a carpark at the rear.)

Includes: Drinks and canapes


Type Fee
AusIMM Member  $50
Non-Member  $60
Students  Free


Registrations for the Face-to-Face event are essential



Live Stream

Date: Tuesday 17th November 2020

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm AEST

Digital Tech Talk: Online


Type Fee
AusIMM Member Free
Non-Member $20


Registrations for the Live Stream are essential

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 by Nikki LaBranche to celebrate their academic achievements, including the presentation of the Ian Morley Thesis Prize by Dr Brian White. Additionally we will recognise and acknowledge all the long standing Branch members in a presentation by Branch Chair Adam Foot.

Distinguished Guest Speaker

Nick Stump – Nick was born in Adelaide, and having graduated from University, joined CRA Ltd (now RioTinto) in a career spanning 25 years.  ​

His first position in Broken Hill as process control metallurgist led him to joining a group that pioneered the development of in-stream analysis and computer control techniques that continue to be applied to mineral processing plants globally.  In 1976 Nick’s achievements were internationally recognised when he jointly received the prestigious Arthur Taggart award from the American Institute of Mining Engineers.​  His career then turned to operations management firstly at Mary Kathleen Uranium then ascending to roles as President of a Comalco Susidiary in the US, Commonwealth Aluminum, before becoming the CEO of Comalco Ltd.

Nick was appointed Chief Executive Officer of MIM Holdings in 1995, a position he held until his retirement in 2001.  During this time, he served as President of the Minerals Council of Australia.  ​

Since his retirement he has remained active in industry and government engagement including Chairman of GroundProbe Pty Ltd, Director of John Holland and Director of Ludowici Ltd and Australia 21 Pty Ltd.  He served as a Senator at the University of Queensland and started in 1999 worked closely with Don McKee and Bob Bryan to develop the concept that became the SMI.  As a result of Nick’s service to the University and his distinguished career, he was awarded a Doctorate of Engineering honoris by the University of Queensland.

Nick has championed indigenous employment in the mining industry, and in 2014 took on the role of Chairman of ABD (Aurukun Bauxite Development) Pty Ltd.  This company proposed a Joint Venture structure with native title holders as part owners.

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