Gold Exploration Sr Geologist Extraordinaire

“My tribute to Noel Sheppy!”


This Renaissance man became a Geologist by accident; some of his talents & bio data:

1.In his youth at High School & University he acted on stage, sang, danced & played musical instruments as good as anyone. Oh I forgot he became a class president & started a newspaper, as he is a brilliant writer. This is evident & shows up in all Geo Reports he authors. His classmates voted he was most likely to become a stage actor in London. Boy were they surprised at one of his class reunions!He can whistle any bird song he hears with a little practice (amazing)!

2. He was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

3. His first language is Shona, then English, Arabic (from 6yrs of work there) and quite a bit of Portuguese (from his work in Mozambique)

4. He immigrated to Australia in 1971 to start his Geologist career

5. He’s worked for the Who’s who of the largest mining companies in the world; to mention a few: (Rio Tinto, Newmont, Amoco……etc)

6. He’s had many accomplishments & credits in his career but in my opinion; the biggest is his work on the largest IOCG deposit in the world; Olympic Dams, Australia from 1976 to 1979. As an advisor for Amoco he recommended to the site geologists a more promising drill location; that resulted in finding the final location of the anomaly (ore deposit) which is covered with 250 meters of overburden. He also recommended to his Principals  an open cast mine; which they are doing now & just approved. He was 40 years ahead of everybody! See link & photo:

olympic dams open pit

7. I worked & collaborated with him for 3 years on multiple alluvial and hard rock gold exploration projects for private and publicly listed Canadian stock companies.

8. And for 2 years on our massive IOCG project in Zambia.

9. Unfortunately Noel tripped and shattered his hip; that required immediate emergency surgery and now he just went through his 2nd surgery, a complete hip replacement, he endures with a great attitude for the future

10. A great friend and even greater Geologist, he can read rocks like a book, of 35 or so geologists I’ve worked with; he’s the “Best of the Rest!. Some photos:

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All these photos are of Noel working in the field with visiting Geologists in 3 countries (Mozambique, Zambia & Congo border),

For any advice or consulting work about hard rock or alluvial gold, you can reach Noel at these contact details. You will need to coax him out of semi-retirement.


Skype: “noelsheppy”

mobile: Aus +61(0)497703178,

See his CV: Not many like this one in the world!

NOEL RIPLEY SHEPPY                              CURRICULUM VITAE                            February, 2014

Senior Consulting Geologist.  72 years of age, 45 years professional experience.  Australian citizen (Passport E 4089059)  Married, Born: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Graduate, University of Cape Town.  Resident, Perth. PO Box 219 Como 6952. Email:; mobile: Aus +61(0)497703178,  Skype: “noelsheppy”



Particular ‘depth’ in evaluation of ‘bedrock’ Gold deposits for mass-mining potential in Western Australia (E Goldfields, Yilgarn, Telfer), Zimbabwe, and Mozambique (Auroch). Experience in komatiite-associated Nickel sulphide deposits throughout Western Australia, covering all stages, from ‘grass-roots’ exploration, resource definition, feasibility studies, to mine development (Wiluna Belt, NE Kalgoorlie, W Kambalda – Widgiemooltha, Forrestania, Ravensthorpe). Base-metal exploration expertise was developed at Golden Grove (VMS Zn-Cu-Pb-Au, WA), Pegmont (Stratabound Zn-Pb, NW Queensland), Girilambone (W NSW), Ulu Sokor (Malaysia), and in Proterozoic Shield of Saudi Arabia.  Pegmatite-associated commodities (tantalite, gemstones, vermiculite) were a feature of work engagements in Zimbabwe. Evaluation of alluvial gold deposits Mozambique, Queensland, New South Wales. Besides the above, technical strengths include: mapping of high-grade metamorphic tectonites, structural analysis of complexly folded terranes and mineralogy of hydrothermal alteration zones. Indep Expert Reports – 4  successful listings 2004-2008.


From Aug, 2006                 Resuming as Ripley Resources Pty Ltd geological consultancy, with most recent assignments: IOCG-style project, central-west Zambia; putting together large gold project for listing, Manica Greenstone Belt, Gorongosa manto-style, Mozambique. Porphyry Cu-Au, SE Queensland, Alluvial gold in Queensland, NSW, Victoria. Wrote Indep Expert Report for successful Sydney listing of Mamba Minerals Ltd, then Manager: Nhamucuarara-Chua gold project, Mozambique (to Dec ’08), Mavita nickel project, Mozambique (‘grass-roots’ komatiites) to Apr, ‘07; Emull Zinc, Lamboo Ni/PGE/Cr Halls Creek environs, Kimberley, Western Australia (to May, ’08).


2004 – July 2006                 CSA Australia P/L, geological consultants, Perth, WA. Engagements included:

Nickel: SE Zambia: three Ni-PGE prospects, Indep Expert’s report for successful London listing of Zambezi Nickel Ltd; Mavita & Macalogue Prospects, Mozambique; Ni-sulphide potential at Kilkenny, Eucalyptus Bore, Waite Kauri (Murrin/SE Leonora, WA), for GME Resources; Lake King: Ni- Au for Golden West Resources; Valuation (for Australia Mines Ltd) of exploration status properties in Musgrave Block, WA; Mulga Tank/Minigwal WA (Mt Keith ‘look-alike’) for King Eagle Resources; Gold: Pickstone-Peerless, Zimbabwe, co-author Indep Expert’s report for successful London listing of African Consolidated Minerals Ltd; Dalny Mine & environs, Zimbabwe, for Resource Capital Ltd; Manica-Sussundenga, Mozambique, for Capitol Resources Lda (now Baobab Resources); Nhamucuarara-Chua, Mozambique, for Mamba Minerals.


1994 – 2004                        Consulting (as Ripley Resources) in Zimbabwe (gold, principally, but also PGE, tantalite-beryl- vermiculite; alluvial gold in Mozambique, mineral sands (SW Lake Malawi) and W Australia.

Nickel: Entire Yilgarn, for Gencor-Billiton; Six-Mile (Dominion Mining), Kathleen Valley (Jubilee Mines), Kanowna-Mulgarrie (Delta Gold), Pilbailey (CKGM); Kalpini-Binti,  Koolyanobbing, Bounty, Ravensthorpe E / Oldfield R (Normandy); also gold: (Coolgardie), zinc: (Gullewa Belt, for Pasminco).

Project-generation/ business-development activity:  gold in Zimbabwe, China, India, Myanmar, Malaysia; gemstones in Pakistan, Zimbabwe.


1986 – 1994                        Normandy Group / Australian Consolidated Minerals (ACM): Exploration management at advanced-status Mt Keith nickel and Golden Grove Zn-Cu Projects.  Supervision of Westonia open pit and Golden Crown u/g, gold mines. ‘Working-up’ Beaconsfield (Tasmania) Project (gold) for listing.  Project-generation included mineral-sands opportunities along WA and NSW coasts.


1979 – 1985                        Saudi Arabia: three years for geological survey (DGMR) as technical editor, geoscience training.  Three years for RTZ (Riofinex) supervising zinc and gold exploration teams in Proterozoic ‘Shield’ terranes.


1976 – 1979                        Amoco Minerals, based out of Perth.  Evaluation of major projects on offer, included: Olympic Dam (IOCG) in South Australia and Cadia (Cu, Au) porphyry, NSW.  Technical monitor of Forrestania Nickel JV with Amax; appraisal of Abra carbonatite-associated Pb-Cu-Zn, Bangamall Basin; Ravensthorpe Project VMS Zn-Cu; exploration of Ni-V prospects Lake Johnston  area; gold generative work in WA  (esp.  Mt. Magnet and Cue areas).


1973 – 1976                        Newmont Pty Ltd: Mapping and evaluation of West Dome, Telfer reef gold; Quinn’s Rocks VMS Cu-

Zn, both in W A; mapping / structural resolution at Pegmont SEDEX Zn-Pb project, SE Cloncurry, Queensld

1970 – 1973                        Metals Exploration NL, based out of Kalgoorlie: Mt Keith Nickel – resource definition, conceptual-pit design of very large disseminated nickel deposit; regional exploration.  Supervision of Nepean u/g  nickel mine.  Gold project generation work included: Kalgoorlie tailings re-treatment, Mt Charlotte south extension, oxide open-pit opportunities at Ora Banda, Coolgardie, Marvel Loch to Bullfinch (YilgarnBelt).  Evaluation of Girilambone (W NSW) and Ulu Sokor (Kelantan, Malaysia) base-metals projects.

1968 – 1970                        (Messina Transvaal Development) MTD Ltd: Mine geologist (finally, Head of Dept) on Messina Copper Mine, Limpopo Mobile Belt, South Africa.

         EDUCATION          BSc, University of Cape Town, 1969. GCE ‘A’ levels Mutare Boys High School (now Zimbabwe)

PROFESSIONAL   Corporate Member, AusIMM (since 1972) , a “Competent Person’ or ‘Independent Expert’ as defined by AusIMM, JORC Code (2004); Australian, London, Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.

PUBLICATIONS    Co-author of four scientific papers, delivered four public lectures.

LANGUAGES          English, ChiShona, Afrikaans, some Arabic.


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  • Marieta

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

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