Rio Tinto gifts archive material to State Library

Friday 26 August 2016

Donation of documentary heritage materials contributes to understanding of how the mining sector has influenced the growth and development of the State.

Premier Colin Barnett tonight accepted a donation of fifty significant, historic materials from Rio Tinto Iron Ore on behalf of the State Library of Western Australia.

Speaking at the company’s 50th anniversary gala dinner, Mr Barnett congratulated Rio Tinto on half a century of iron ore mining in Western Australia.

“By donating these materials to the State Library’s Mining and Energy Archive, Rio Tinto leaves its legacy in Western Australia’s documentary heritage materials,” Mr Barnett said.

“So many people have either worked for, or with, Rio Tinto and its precursors Hamersley Iron, Pilbara Iron, Robe River or Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company over the past 50 years.

“This donation ensures that future generations will understand the importance to our State of the resources sector, and how these companies and the people employed by them have shaped the social and economic development of Western Australia.”

The donation of archival materials to the State Library includes historic photographs, films, corporate reports, newsletters, oral histories and books.

It conveys a range of historic and scientific themes of local, state and national significance, including the history of exploration and geology of the Pilbara, as well as the development of the communities there.

The donation was gifted by Chris Salisbury, the recently appointed Chief Executive of Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore Group, at an event held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 26 August.

Fact File:

  • The Mining and Energy WA archive is an initiative of the State Library of Western Australia which will build on existing collections; manage and digitise important records; and create opportunities to access the materials in a variety of formats.
  • The Mining and Energy WA archive presents a unique and exciting opportunity for businesses and individuals to become involved. To make a contribution of materials, or for enquiries relating to sponsorships and donations, please contact the State Library on 9427 3111.


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Last updated on: 19 December 2016