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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Norman Harte, an industry and Shaft Sinkers icon. Norman passed away on Friday 4 May after a long illness.

A Geologist by profession, Norman joined Shaft Sinkers in 1974 as the 'Company Geologist'.

He played an instrumental role in the planning and execution of most of the Shaft Sinkers projects over the years that he was with Shaft Sinkers.

Retirement was a concept Norman did not understand at all and this resulted in him having a working career spanning 44 years with t he Company, eventually slowing down at the age of 85 to working only a few days a week.

Norman was a fountain of knowledge and was regarded as a global expert on mining matters and geology, often writing and presenting academic papers on mining. Norman was always incredibly willing to share his knowledge with others. He made an immense contribution to our Shaft Sinkers body of knowledge and sinking methodologies.

His love for rocks extended beyond Geology and, in his younger years, he did rock climbing as a hobby together with photography. In his later years, his hobby moved to walking and woodwork.

Norman is survived by his three daughters, Caroline, Alison and Penelope, his sister Shirley and his brother Geoff. Our condolences go to his family and friends.

Norman will be sorely missed. Funeral arrangements will be communicated once received.