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Re: Mining Club Minute Book

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Fri, 9 Apr 2010 10:48:38 -0700

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The Hatch and Associates firm in Canada was originally formed in 1955 as 
W.S. Atkins. A Gerry Hatch joined the firm in 1958 and in 1962 the firm was 
renamed as Hatch and Associates.

I am not confident that there is a link between Frederick Hatch as described 
and the well know consulting firm. Does anybody have information to the 
contrary ?

Thanks


Roy Wares
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Roy Wares, P. Eng. FEC
Vancouver, BC
604.261.5633
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From: "Tony Brewis" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Mining Club Minute Book


Of any interest???



Mining Club Minute Book



As its last treasurer, I have a Minute Book, containing the original 
handwritten minutes of the earliest meetings of committees of the Mining 
Club, which was based at 3, London Wall from June 1911 until the end of 
1992.  The Minute Book covers the meetings of the General Committee held 
from the first, on 5th May 1910 in Salisbury House, until the book (all 270 
foolscap pages of it) was full, the last meeting recorded in it being dated 
20th March 1916.



Sadly, I do not think any history of The Mining Club was ever written.  As 
its last Honorary Treasurer and also at that time editor of the monthly 
Mining Magazine, I tried to get people to send me notes which could have 
been used for an article, but there were few contributions. After the Club 
closed, the residual funds of 32,000 were donated to the Institution of 
Mining and Metallurgy (IMM) to be used to fund an annual travel scholarship 
for young persons in the industry. This still exists, and since the mergers 
of various institutions, The Mining Club Award is now administered by the 
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoMMM) headquartered at 1, 
Carlton House Terrace.



In the Mining Magazine's editorial of January 1993 I wrote about the Club, 
as follows:



"The Mining Club was established in London in May 1910 as a meeting place 
for those engaged in the industry. In those days over 500 mining companies 
had offices in the City of London, as did many consulting engineers of 
considerable international standing.

The links between the new Club and the IMM were strong.  The Club's initial 
committee included two past presidents of the IMM, Walter McDermott and 
Arthur C. Claudet; the IMM president of that year, Edgar Taylor; and the 
president-elect, H.L. Sulman.  The Club's secretary was also the secretary 
of the IMM, while another member of the committee was ex-IMM council member 
T.A. Rickard, the first editor of Mining Magazine.  Amongst the 74 original 
members of the Club was Herbert Clark Hoover (translator into English, with 
his wife Lou Henry Hoover, of Agricola's De Re Metallica and later President 
of the U.S.A.), who at that time had a consulting mining engineering 
practice based in London.  Whereas the IMM was established to provide a 
professional body for those in the minerals industry, the Club was an 
informal gathering-place.  After electing the initial membership, the first 
item of business recorded in the Club's Minute Book is that 'The question of 
providing cigars, playing cards, etc, was left to the House Committee'.



The last paragraph of the Minutes recorded in the book, in March 1916, 
strikes a rather poignant note, bearing in mind what the tunnellers were 
doing in France:



"The secretary read a letter received from Mr T Bruce Marriott, who asked to 
be allowed the loan of the specimen of the Korean miners' candle holder, 
presented to the Club by Mr A.G. Drucker, which he desired as an 
illustration for a lecture about to be delivered to a class of Royal 
Engineers.  The request was at once granted and the secretary was authorised 
to send the trophy to Mr Bruce Marriott in accordance with the terms of his 
letter."





The original meeting of the General Committee was attended by Sidney H. 
Farrar, President, in the Chair; Walter McDermott, Vice-President; H. L. 
Sulman; Arthur C. Claudet; George J. Holloway; Cyril E. Parsons; V. Herbert 
Smith; T. A. Rickard; E.O. Bannister; O.J. Reinhart; Bertram Blount; A.J 
Simon; and C. McDermid, Honorary Secretary.  Apologies for absence were 
noted from Edgar Taylor; R.E Commans; and George Safford.



The following new members were duly elected (their names listed in two 
parallel columns, in apparently random order, as follows:



D'Arcy Weatherbe                                  George Walter Leach

John Collett Moulden                              Percy John Ogle

James Andrerson Gilmour                       John N. Broomhead

Harold Jeans                                         O. Newhouse

William Alfred Barron                              Julius Lezynsky

Charles W. Grimwade                            William Hope Henderson

George O'Hanlon                                   E.L.C. Bishop

James Knight                                        H.C. Hoover

J. Percy Ashmore                                  W. A. Humfrey

Robert Alexander Alston                         E. E. L. Dixon

Lawrence Stevens Burt                           O. J. Jones

Arthur Robert Clements                          P. Litherland Teed

H. J. Graves                                          A. W. J. Bleeck

Percy Everley Jones                               A. N. Campbell

H. J. Keen                                             George Haworth

Thomas G. Davey                                  A. C. Schonburg

Lester P. Sidney                                    F. E. Birkinshaw

Donald A. Campbell                               F. F. Skurray

Matthew Tauylor Brown                          A. Otter

H. J. Payne                                           A. H. Rider

James Jack                                           H. Vincent Wallace

Frederick H. Wintle                                E. Willey

William A. Heywood                               Frank H. Probert

Donald F. Campbell                                R. Donaldson

L. H. Beckwith                                       J. H. Jackson

R. D. Connell                                         R. E. Carr

Henry Maurice Ray                                J. P. Pittar

W. Maitland Edwards                             J. W. Dagnall

J. V. Elsden                                          E. Studt Franz



Through  the book there are, of course, many more lists of those who were 
accepted as members (happily, most later lists are in alphabetical order of 
surname!).  The above notes list part of the contents of pages 1 and 2.



Later in the book two names have caught my eye. One of those is Alfred 
Chester Beatty, elected on 27th June 1911, who played a major role in the 
development of the Northern Rhodesian Copper Belt.  The other is Frederick 
H. Hatch, who was elected on 10th July 1911 - would he be the one who went 
on to set up a consulting firm of that name in Canada?



Tony Brewis










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