'Syndicate Of Seven' - The Fathers of BHP



On September 5, 1883, Charles Rasp, a boundary rider at the remote Mount Gipps sheep station pegged out a 40 acre mineral lease with the help of two dam-sinking contractors, David James and James Poole. Charles Rasp was sure that the hilly ground contained black oxide of tin and told the station manager George McCulloch that he wanted to quit his boundary rider's job to prospect the claim.

Confronted with the possibility of prospectors roaming about his property, George McCulloch suggested that a syndicate of seven station employees be formed to develop the claim and an additional six leases to be pegged and registered - the seven agreed and the syndicate was formed.

Little did they realise that under their feet, beneath the rugged outcrop of 'broken hill' as it was known lay one of the most valuable mineral deposits in the world. Neither could have known that out of their venture would develop the largest public company in Australia - BHP.

The busts were created by local artist Geoff DeMain and are located in front of the Council Chambers.


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