2006. First edition. An ex-library copy in very good condition.
A vivid biographical account of a grand adventure born out of a small boy's dream of becoming an oilman. Inspired by images from the great Texas oil strikes of the 1920s, Ivan has a long road to travel before he is able to savour the hot pungent liquid flowing between his fingers. The year is 1953. West Australian Petroleum, now Chevron Australia Pty Ltd has made a wildcat strike in the Northwest. Ivan stares in disbelief at the very first flow of oil from Australian soil. A new era of exploration and mining in the Northwest outback is born. The story is told with great humour and wit, masking the hazards and discomforts endured by the early pioneers who chose to venture out from the comfort of cities and towns to extract the untapped mineral wealth from a harsh and unforgiving land. Anyone who has lived and worked in remote places or dreams of adventure will immediately identify with this book. For those who seek knowledge of the past it provides an invaluable account of life as a boy in the 1920s Western Australia and his subsequent involvement in the post-war expansion of mineral exploration and development. Ivan Macmillan, born 1927 in Perth Western Australia, was brought up in very modest circumstances despite being related to Harold Macmillan the former British Prime Minister and the book publisher, Macmillan. The challenges of growing up in pre-war Western Australia and serving an apprenticeship building steam locomotives during the war, equipped him with the skills and courage that enabled him to venture into the outback in search of adventure and fortune.