EZ Industries

EZ Industries, formerly the Electrolytic Zinc Company, was a zinc miner and refiner in Australia.

EZ Industries
FounderAmalgamated Zinc
FateTaken over by North Broken Hill Peko
ProductsZinc, lead
SubsidiariesEmu Bay Railway
Energy Resources of Australia (31%)


EZ Industries was established in 1916 by Amalgamated Zinc as the Electrolytic Zinc Company to operate the Risdon Zinc Works on the banks of the Derwent River in Risdon, Tasmania.[1][2][3] It was renamed EZ Industries in February 1957.[4] In 1967, EZ purchased the Emu Bay Railway.[5]

In February 1983, EZ opened the Elura Nine near Cobar, New South Wales.[6] It built a 45 kilometre railway line to connect with the Main Western railway line to move zinc to Newcastle for shipping to Risdon.[7][8][9] In 1984, EZ was taken over by North Broken Hill Peko.[10]

EZ owned a 31% stake in the Ranger Uranium Mine through its Energy Resources of Australia shareholding.[11][12]


  1. ^ Electrolytic Zinc Barrier Miner 20 October 1916 page 2
  2. ^ Mining News Adelaide Advertiser 30 December 1916 page 12
  3. ^ Risdon Smelter Mining Link
  4. ^ El Zine Bonus After Record £2.8m profit The Argus 24 October 1956 page 17
  5. ^ Emu Bay Railway Taken Over by Principal Customer Railway Transportation March 1967 page 7
  6. ^ Elura Mine CBH Resources
  7. ^ Cobar Developments - New Mine & Railway Railway Digest March 1981 page 73
  8. ^ Elura Mine and Railway Opened Railway Digest May 1983 page 160
  9. ^ Cobar's mining history Department of Primary Industries (New South Wales) February 2007
  10. ^ EZ directors accept bid Canberra Times 10 July 1984 page 15
  11. ^ EZI to join in Ranger development Canberra Times 24 January 1980 page 16
  12. ^ Uranium bonanza for EZ Canberra Times 24 August 1983 page 30