H.A. ‘Matt’ Ellis and the Lasseter Rort


Edited by Peter J. Bridge 

ISBN 978-0-85906-832-2, (New, 2020), A4, illustrated, 25 pages, 110 grams, $22.00*

A short biography of ‘Matt’ Ellis, an almost legendary geologist who died some 50 years ago. A Military Medallist in WWI from NZ he became Government Geologist of the Northern Territory and later held the same position in Western Australia.

This book records his trip in 1936 to check on the claims of companies promoting the Lasseter story.

The once ‘secret’ files detailing the threats and intimidation against him by the company promotors are now public for the first time.

Matt was rough and tough, and not the person to retreat from a fight. Interesting reading.