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PESA QLD: Lunch Presentation, 22nd July – Mel Wilkinson

Thursday, 22 July, 2021 @ 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm (Australia/Brisbane time)

Free – $95.00

Guest Speaker(s): Mel Wilkinson

Mel Wilkinson has a 38-year career as an exploration geologist in the oil and gas industry and has experience in both conventional and unconventional resources, primarily in eastern Australia, but also China, the Timor Sea and Gippsland. He is interested in all things rock related and the stories that rocks can tell and has a passion for field geology, evolution, and of course dinosaurs.

This month, PESA QLD is happy to welcome Mel Wilkinson, Senior Staff Geologist, Santos to present a technical luncheon entitled “Insights into the geology behind unearthing Australia’s largest dinosaur.”

The Technical Lunch will be held at the Brisbane Hilton Hotel, in the Victoria Room with access from the Hilton Main Foyer on Level 6.

For detailed directions, see explanation below.

Please note the Early Bird ticket pricing cut-off times described below.

Presentation: Insights into the geology behind unearthing Australia’s largest dinosaur.
Venue: Hilton Hotel Brisbane, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Victoria’s Room, Level 6
(Detailed directions below)
Date & Time: Thursday, 22nd July 2021,    12:15 pm


Presentation Abstract:

Insights into the geology behind unearthing Australia’s largest dinosaur.

Details of Australia’s largest dinosaur, Australotitan cooperensis, have just been published.

Similar to other recently discovered dinosaurs in central Queensland, the bones are hosted in sediments of the Cretaceous aged Winton Formation, the final unit deposited in the Eromanga Basin.

Despite the extremely wide distribution of the Winton Formation little attention has been focussed on the unit.

The Winton Formation is up to 1.2 kilometres thick, consisting largely of fine grained volcanogenic fluvial sediments that are diachronous in nature and have been extensively modified post deposition.

This has resulted in a residual distribution of the Winton Formation that poses difficulties in placing the dinosaur discoveries in an any accurate chronological, biostratigraphic or local stratigraphic context.  

Tickets for the Technical Luncheon can be purchased below.

Please be advised of the early bird cut-off date.

Early bird pricing will remain available up until Wednesday 14th of July, 5:00 PM after which, standard pricing will come into effect.

Final numbers to venue required by  Monday 19th of July, 12:00 PM – To avoid disappointment please register before that date and time.


Early Bird Ticket Price Standard Ticket Price
PESA Members – $55
Non-Members – $75
Student / Retired Members – $30
PESA Members – $75
Non-Members – $95
Student / Retired Members – $30

Registrants may elect to book a ‘Talk Only’ ticket below.  Chairs will be made available at the back of the room for members wishing to attend the presentation.

Talk Only tickets are free of charge, however, no refreshments or lunch is included.

Due to room availability at Brisbane Hilton, the May lunchtime technical talk will be held in room nearby to our usual venue location.

The venue location can be accessed by two means:

1) Entry from Queen Street Mall
Enter the lifts located just to the left of Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub, and take the lifts to Level 6.  Once you exit the lifts, the Victoria Room is immediately to the left.

2) Entry from Elizabeth Street
Enter the foyer located on 190 Elizabeth Street, and take the lifts to Level 6 (Main Foyer).  The Victoria Room is located in the back of the main foyer towards the right as you walk past Vintaged Restaurant.




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Thursday, 22 July, 2021
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
(Australia/Brisbane time)
Free – $95.00
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    Hilton Brisbane City
    190 Elizabeth Street
    Brisbane QLD, Brisbane 4000 Australia
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