Oil; uranium; geology; conservation; these are the catch-cries of our times and Reg Sprigg embodies them all. Rock Star tells the life of this intrepid, determined and oft-times irreverent pioneering Australian renowned as one of our nation's greatest geologists. By the age of 30 Reg had discovered the oldest fossils in the world and some of its deepest under-sea canyons. He had worked at Australia's first two uranium mines and searched for material to construct the world's first atomic bomb. However, his unconventional style made Reg a target for ASIO who, during the McCarthy era, suspected him of communist leanings and edged him out of the public service. Undeterred, Reg went on to help found SANTOS and discover the great Cooper Basin oil and gas fields. He set up the largest private geological consulting firm in the country and, when disillusioned by big business, established his own exploration company, Beach Petroleum. By the time he was 50 Reg had driven the first vehicle across the Simpson Desert and crossed the continent from north, south, east and west. He had also launched Arkaroola Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Australia's first eco-tourism resorts. Rock Star will make you laugh and cry and introduce you to a fascinating world that you never knew existed. It is the story of a charismatic and inspiring Australian; a man of sweeping vision and grand ideas unafraid to battle government and big business to fight for what he believed was right for his family, his employees and ultimately his country.
One of Australians legends in the mining, scientific and ironically “greens” worlds.
I loved this book, I’m c.r.a.p. at writing reviews so don’t judge the book too harshly based on what or how I’m writing this.
The historical story flowed well and shows how well the author knows her subject - and brought to light for me how influential Regg Sprigg was to the economic and scientific development of particularly South Australia.
I also loved what many would see as a great irony of the mining man who saved one of the most amazing geological and natural reserves in Australia... the Arkaroola Sanctuary. I owe him one just for that ...
It’s a book I will keep on my “shelf” for all time