The Northern Miner Podcast – episode 120: The Placer Dome legacy ft Nean Allman

Placer Dome's Pipeline gold mine in Nevada during its commissioning in 1997. Credit: Placer Dome.Placer Dome's Pipeline gold mine in Nevada during its commissioning in 1997. Credit: Placer Dome.

In this episode we welcome into the Toronto studio author, geologist and communications professional Nean Allman to talk about her newly published coffee table book “A history: Placer Development Limited and Placer Dome Inc.”

Nean Allman

Nean and Northern Miner editor-in-chief John Cumming explore the rich legacy of the Vancouver-based major that grew to become one of the world’s largest gold mining companies before its takeover by Barrick Gold a decade ago. Nean shares stories that include Placer Dome’s exotic origins and its connection to U.S. aviator Amelia Earhart and her final flight in the South Pacific.

A dredge at Placer Development Corp.'s gold Bulolo gold operations in New Guinea in the 1930s. Credit: Placer Dome.

A dredge at Placer Development Corp.’s gold Bulolo gold operations in New Guinea in the 1930s. Credit: Placer Dome.

Unloading a Junkers aircraft at Placer Development Corp.'s Bulolo gold operation in New Guinea in the 1930s. Credit: Placer Dome.

Unloading a Junkers aircraft at Placer Development Corp.’s Bulolo gold operation in New Guinea in the 1930s. Credit: Placer Dome.

Laurende “Granny” Smith with the first gold bar poured at her namesake mine in Australia, owned by Placer Dome. Her husband, prospector Ray Smith, discovered the deposit in 1979 and named it after Laurende as she had just become a grandparent for the first time. Credit: Placer Dome.

 

Buy the book at www.aplacerdomehistory.com.

Read a book excerpt here.

 

This podcast is sponsored by the Yukon Mining Alliance (www.yukonminingalliance.ca).

Music Credits:

“Miami Nights – Main Theme” and “Andrea’s Theme” by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)

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1 Comment on "The Northern Miner Podcast – episode 120: The Placer Dome legacy ft Nean Allman"

  1. A comment for clarification: Placer Development was formed in Vancouver in 1926. Dome mines was formed in Ontario in 1910. The two companies along with Campbell Red Lake Mines amalgamated in 1987 to form Placer Dome. It became a great company.

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