This thesis uses an abductive research strategy to examine the ways in which a group of employees from the Gympie Eldorado Gold Mine, and their partners, coped with the restructuring of this mine. This study was initially approached using Wellman, Carrington and Hall's (1988) concept of community as consisting of local and extra-local 'networks', and sought to examine how the Gympie gold miners gained support from such networks following their retrenchment. After data had been collected, however, it appeared that a more complex explanation was required. Two distinct groups emerged among the miners studied. These groups were labelled 'locals' and 'career miners'. Each group drew on different networks, and it became apparent that the 'career miners' displayed many of the characteristics of an occupational community. However, the occupational community that emerged was somewhat different from traditional occupational communities. This was particularly evident in the sense that the occupational community observed was not grounded in any geographical location - but appeared to be an example of what Webber (1963) terms 'community without propinquity'. The study concludes by arguing that this reveals new insights into the nature of contemporary occupational communities, as well as into characteristics of miners in the post-modem era.