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Roger Gadsden

Roger Gadsden


Roger was a founding Committee Member of the Coal Preparation Society (of NSW) and was the second Chairman. He was passionate about Coal Preparation Education, and was a Life Member up until his death. 

Roger’s contributions are summarised below: 

NSW Committee:

  • 5 years on the Committee – from 1966-67  until  1972-73
  • 2 years as Chairman –  1969-70 to and 1970-71


  • Recognising the paucity of mineral dressing knowledge in the coal industry in the sixties he cooperated with Dr Russ Burdon to organise a lecture series on the subject at the Wollongong College of UNSW, the popularity of which contributed to Dr Burdon initiating the formation of the NSW Coal Preparation Society.
  • Lectured at coal preparation courses
  • Four stints as Director of NSW residential Advanced Coal Preparation Courses.
  • Associated with the planning and conduct of several of the early Coal Preparation Society conferences.


Roger spent all his working life with AI&S Port Kembla Steelworks (BHP) working extensively in the coal preparation and coke ovens departments.