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Corporate entry Australian Mineral Development Laboratories (AMDEL) (1959 - 1990s)

Frewville, South Australia, Australia
Industrial or scientific research, Resources, Metallurgy and Mineralogy or mining
Legal Status
Statutory Body formed by an Act of the South Australian Parliament in 1959.
Business locations included: Flemington Street, Frewville, South Australia 5063 with other offices in Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory .


Amdel was an independent, non-profit contract research and technical consulting organisation serving the mineral and associated industries. It was a statutory body formed by an Act of the South Australian Parliament in 1959. At some point in the 1990s it ceased to exist under this name. Further detail is sought as to its fate. Amdel was funded by Australian government sources, private industry sources and foreign sources. The organisation published the Amdel Bulletin and the Amdel Annual Report

The objectives of Amdel were to provide (1) the latest facilities and advanced techniques for the analysis and evaluation of metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits; (2) experienced scientific and support staff to carry out analysis and evaluation programs; (3) a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to projects. The range of projects and programs supplied by Amdel included: mineral lease evaluation; exploration management; chemical, mineralogical and statistical analysis; ore reserve estimation and mine planning; laboratory and pilot-scale metallurgical evaluation; techno-economic feasibility studies; process design; project management and plant commissioning.

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Ian Munro McLennan - Records, 1937 - 1977, 78/95; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources


See also

Gavan McCarthy