The Author Ronald Kitching became a well-known exploration drilling contractor, [in 1953], during a long career during which he successfully promoted the design and manufacture of the Universal Exploration Drilling Rigs (UDR), and still consults in that field.
He also owned and ran a farm on the Atherton Tablelands for many years. For over 35 years he has been an advocate of the Classical Liberal (the Austrian) school of thought and is a Life Member of the Mont Pelerin Society after 26 years of membership.
While exploring in Chile, Mr Kitching was invited to write the Editorial for the Sunday paper El Mercurio de Antofagasta incorporating the Classical Liberal ideas - and did this for two years.
With Roger Randerson, he co-underwrote F.A. Hayek’s month long lecture to Australia in 1976. This tour by the Nobel Prize winning scholar is believed to be a turning point in Australian economic and social policy.
Upon invitation he also attended a ten-day symposium run by the Cato Institute in Moscow and Leningrad in 1990. This led to an active involvement in economic affairs with Russian patriots for a number of years.
He has consulted on exploration drilling in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, and so takes an informed and continuing interest in the economic affairs of those countries.
Mr Kitching has three boys and four girls and twelve grandchildren, and one great grandson. He is a keen reader of English and European history, economic history and books on quantum physics, the cosmos, our planetary system and books, essays and information on the possibility of other dimensions.