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On the identification of the first secondary fossil found in Australia


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Etheridge, Robert (Jnr) (1879) On the identification of the first secondary fossil found in Australia. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 18-23.

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In a paper entitled, "On the Carboniferous and other Geological Relations of the Maranoa District in Queensland, etc.," the late Rev. W. B. Clarke, F.R.S., wrote as follows: — "On the return of the late Sir T. L. Mitchell from his survey of the head of the Victoria, and on the subsequent return of the late Mr. Kennedy, I had an opportunity of inspecting a few of the specimens collected by them, consisting chiefly of fossil wood. After the publication of Sir T. Mitchell's report, I found that he had placed on one of his charts the word "Belemnite," and as all his collections had been placed in the British Museum, I wrote to the Very Rev. Dr. Buckland to ask him to ascertain for me whether such a fossil had been sent from Australia. The silence of my friend was accounted for by his subsequent illness and death. I then renewed my request to Professor Owen, but to this hour I have not heard a syllable on the subject of the fossil in question, the geological age of which I was anxious to determine, and which I thought might have been an Orthoceratite." Had my lamented friend Mr. Clarke but lived some few months longer it would have been in my power to have afforded him the information he required.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 18-23
Additional Information: Robert Etheridge (23 May 1847 – 4 January 1920) was a British palaeontologist who made important contributions to the Australian Museum. In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 02:14
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:44
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