The late Anthony Ronald Hope (1940 – 2023) recently received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the mining industry and China-Australia relations. Tony Hope was a geologist and author, and until recently, a member of the Royal Society of Tasmania.
Tony was born in Hobart and graduated with a BSc from Sydney University in 1961, majoring in geology. Tony worked as an exploration geologist in many locations including Mt Morgan, Queensland, the Philippines, Browns Creek NSW, and the Murray Basin, Victoria, gaining enormous experience in technical and managerial roles and mine feasibility studies.
He was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and fellow of the Society of Exploration Geochemists.
Tony published several books including the highly successful A Quarry Speaks in 2006, The Hope Factor on exploration and mining in Australasia in 2014, Friends across the Ocean in 2017, and Showcasing Tasmania and its connection to Fujian, China in 2017. Most recently he published a book on Captain James Kelly, trader and explorer in Van Diemen’s Land in the 1800s.
Tony fully deserved his OAM and is well remembered for his achievements by his loving wife Suzy and many friends and colleagues.