Ron Manners

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Ronald B. Manners

Born (1936-01-08) 8 January 1936 (age 85)
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
EducationKalgoorlie School of Mines
OccupationBusinessman & Prospector

Ronald Brown Manners AO, FAICD,[1] FAusIMM[2] (born 8 January 1936) is an Australian businessman. He is the founder and formerly the Chairman of Croesus Mining, at one point Australia's third largest gold producer. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Mannwest Group and founder and Chairman of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, an Australian free-market think tank.[3][4] Manners was one of the founders of the Workers Party, subsequently known as the Progress Party,[5] and is a co-founder of ANDEV (Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision),[6] a lobby group chaired by co-founder Gina Rinehart. Mr Manners' contribution to the mining industry earned him induction into the Australian Mining Hall of Fame in 2011.


Early life[edit]

Ron Manners was born in 1936 in Kalgoorlie, Australia, to a family that had a long association with the mining town.[3] His grandfather, W.G. Manners, the son of a Ballarat prospector, headed West in the late 19th century and established a mining and engineering business, W.G. Manners & Co, in 1895. Ron Manners studied electrical engineering at the Kalgoorlie School of Mines.[3][7]

Career in mining[edit]

In 1955, Manners assumed management of the family business.[8] He expanded and diversified the company which became the Mannwest Group.[8] He serves as its executive director.

Between 1972 and 1995, he floated several Australian listed mining companies.[8] In 1985, he founded Croesus Mining NL, a gold mining company.[8] He served as its Chairman from 1985 to 2005.[8][9][10][11][12] While chairman, the company produced 1.275 million ounces of gold and paid 11 dividends.[4] He has also served as Non Executive Chairman of De Grey Mining Ltd.[8]

He is Emeritus Chairman, patron of the Australian Prospectors & Miners' Hall of Fame,[3] inducted in 2011 as a "living legend".[7][13] He also served as Executive Councillor of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).[8] He is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.[3][better source needed] He was elected "mining legend" at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference in Sydney.[3][4] In 2012, he defended Gina Rinehart against Wayne Swan in her bid to invest in Fairfax Media.[14]

Manners was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2020 Australia Day Honours for "distinguished service to the minerals and mining sectors, and to youth through philanthropic support for educational initiatives."[1]

Other activity[edit]

A proponent of the free market, he founded the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in 1997.[3][4][7][13] He is a member and director of the Mont Pelerin Society and is on the Co-ordinating Committee for the Commonwealth Study Conference.[8] In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of Overseers for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington, D.C.[4][15]


As author
  • The Lonely Libertarian (Turning Ideas Into Gold—Then Gold Into Ideas) (2019) ISBN 978-1-925-82657-9.
  • Heroic Misadventures (Australia: Four Decades-Full Circle) (2009) ISBN 978-0-646-52212-8. OCLC 455934757
  • Never a Dull Moment (with Charles Manners and Nancy Manners) (2002) ISBN 0-85905-174-9. OCLC 52697697
  • Poems of Passion (1979-2020) (self published poems, 2020) ISBN 978-0-959-12030-1. OCLC 222633611
As editor


  1. ^ a b "Queen's Birthday 2020 Honours: The full list of this year's winners". Sydney Morning Herald. Nine Entertainment Co. 8 June 2020. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  2. ^ Ron Manners AusIMM
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Mannkal biography
  4. ^ a b c d e GLG Research biography
  5. ^ "Ron Manners on the Workers Party". '’'’. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Top end tax utopia all right for Rinehart". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Rania Spooner, Rebranding the mining industry, SMH, 15 November 2011
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Ronald B. Manners, Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  9. ^ Sandra Eleyn Close, The great gold renaissance: the untold story of the modern Australian gold boom, 1982–2002, Surbiton Associates, 2002, p. 227
  10. ^ Brad Norington, Good early gold results for Croesus, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 1987
  11. ^ Brad Norington, Croesus claims reserve boost, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October 1987
  12. ^ Barry Fitzgerald, South Res faces another attack by shareholders, The Age, 26 October 1989
  13. ^ a b ABC
  14. ^ Andrew Burrell, Courtly Manners rises to Rinehart's defence, The Australian, 23 June 2012
  15. ^ Atlas Economic Research Foundation board

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