Vince Beiser - The Sand Mafia - Property, Australia's Favourite Obsession


Vince Beiser - The Sand Mafia

This is an incredible story about the very ingredient that makes possible our modern cities.

We are here to talk about SAND!

And here to talk with me about Sand is award-winning journalist and author of the book The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization, Vince Beiser.

It has revolutionised civilization and is the basis on which our future will be built.

From Egypt’s pyramids to the Hubble telescope, from the world’s tallest skyscraper to the footpath below it, from the Stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral to your iPhone.

It is the third most consumed substance on earth, only behind air and water.

It shelters us, empowers us, engages and inspires us. It’s the ingredient that makes possible our lives.

Sand is a Super-Substance which provides endless examples of continually being the basis of our productivity gains.

Throughout history Sand has interacted with our five drivers of Property prices:




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And this is what we will talk about today - how sand has impacted our lives:

Without sand, there is NO modern civilisation!

Our entire modern civilisation and complete economic development is based upon concrete, glass and silica - and that requires sand.

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About the Podcast

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Property, Australia's Favourite Obsession
We can't get away from it - everybody has a connection to property, as a tenant, a homeowner or as a landlord; hence our obsession with it! And thats what the Podcast is about, the role of Real-Estate in our lives.

About your host

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Jeremy Calnan

I just love investments and I’m obsessed with property.

Ever since I was a young kid and mum used to take me along to open inspections, I’ve had a keen interest in property.

Discussion around our kitchen table used to regularly include the topic of property, I guess you could say it’s in my genes.

Having worked as an investment professional since the early 1990’s the GFC prompted me to ask the question “What causes the share market to crash at regular intervals”.

I found the answer to this question in the study of land economics, which surprised me, until I really thought about it, and then I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it sooner!

Once I understood land economics and the true drivers of the property market, I was provided with a unique insight into how property interacts with the credit and share markets.

More importantly, it brought me back to my obsession with property!

I live in the beautiful city of Adelaide with my wife Alice and my spare time is spent watching my two sons playing AFL football or just relaxing with family and friends.

Professionally I’m a director of Calnan Flack an Investment, Financial Advice and Education Company with my time divided between funds management and the creation of financial education for clients.

Contact Jeremy at

Jeremy Calnan (AR 244353) and Calnan Flack Pty Ltd (AR 446976) are Authorised Representatives of PGW Financial Services Pty Ltd – AFSL 384713.

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