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Note on the discovery of Spondylostrobus smythii, Muell., and other fossil fruits in the deep lead drift at Brandy Creek goldfield

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Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1879) Note on the discovery of Spondylostrobus smythii, Muell., and other fossil fruits in the deep lead drift at Brandy Creek goldfield. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 25-28.

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Abstract

Through the kind interest of several friends, particularly
Mr. Stockman, mining manager, and Mr. J. W. Brown,
district surveyor, I have from time to time received fragments
of Fossil Wood, principally a lignified Pine, with
structure which appears under the microscope to be identical
with lignified Pine remains at Breadalbane and elsewhere
throughout the Launceston Tertiary Basin. These woods
are obtained in sinking shafts to the "deep lead" at the
Brandy Creek goldfields, about 40 or 50 feet from the
surface, in a stratum of black carbonaceous clay. Recently,
having directed the attention of the miners to look out for
fruits, I was fortunate in securing a few tolerably well
preserved specimens, one of which is undoubtedly the well
known Spondylostrobus smythii, Mueller, found abundantly
in the "Haddon," and other deep leads in Victoria.

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. 25-28
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

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 02:05
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:44
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