What’s in a Name?
Most people think that Bathurst was named after the Australian gold rush town, now famous for hosting the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars event. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The company was formed in 2007 by Ventnor Capital, who named a series of companies after rock formations on Rottnest Island which is off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. Bathurst is named after the Bathurst Point lighthouse on the north east of the island. The lighthouse was first lit in 1900 and its purpose was to guide ships travelling to the Port of Freemantle through a series of treacherous reefs.
Bathurst Resources Limited listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in late 2007 and acquired coal assets in Kentucky, USA. In 2010 Bathurst acquired coal permits in New Zealand and divested the US assets.
While it evolved in Perth, Bathurst has never had any operating projects in Australia. In 2013 the company relocated its small corporate office to Wellington and is now proudly a fully registered New Zealand company.