Australian Petrographics Pty Ltd was established in 1984 by Jim Duggan in Canberra, ACT. Since its inception, Australian Petrographics P/L has maintained a core focus on preparing petrographic samples.

Background: Jim trained with the Canberra Institute of Technology while working with Australian Government’s Bureau of Mineral Resource in Canberra. He then worked with Dept of Earth Sciences, at Monash University in Melbourne before establishing the company. Jim now has almost 40 years experience working with petrographic samples.

Initially Jim held a Government contract to supply thin sections to the BMR (later known as the Australian Geological Survey Organisation AGSO) for their mapping programs. The business was located in an industrial area on the north side of Canberra. In 1988 Jim moved the business to a purpose designed workshop which he built on his small acreage block in the “Australian Bush” on the outskirts of Queanbeyan, New South Wales. Here with his wife Kim, they built their own stone clad home above the workshop taking into consideration northern aspects and “passive solar” design principles. The workshop has a large north facing window which looks out into the natural bush surrounding their home. They have continued their business here and have, in 2009-10, expanded their capabilities with increased equipment levels.

In 1994, after many requests of “how to” Jim realized the need for an inter technical dialogue between technicians in Australia. So Jim planned and ran a “Symposium for Petrographic technicians”. This now days has become the “Australian Geoscience Technicians Symposium” where technicians from other geoscience disciplines present seminars and discuss their work. Currently Jim works on samples of all types for geological mapping, mining exploration, mine quality control and also research studies.

ABN: 70 095 210 709