In July 1938 the frequently controversial newspaper Smith's Weekly (one of whose three co-founders was Clyde Packer, grandfather to Kerry) had a go at Emperor Mines, the company that had just brought into production the eponymous mine in Fiji.
Seven months had passed since the mine plant had become operational - and still there was no sign of a dividend. The newspaper wanted to know why.
The anonymous writer had calculated that, in the seven months, the mine had returned a profit of £140,000 and a one shilling dividend would cost £85,500.
As it happened, that calculation was off the mark. A few months later, when the annual result (the company's financial year ran to June 15) was announced, Emperor had returned a profit of £71,541. Y...