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Sketch map of general geological features of Tasmania - 1885.


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Sprent, Charles and Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1885) Sketch map of general geological features of Tasmania - 1885. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania.

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Mr. Sprent laid on the table some copies of a geological map of Tasmania, prepared at the Crown Lands department. The work was initiated at the request of the Hon. N. J. Brown, Minister of Lands and Works, and was intended to accompany the " Crown Lands Guide" issued by the department. It has frequently been represented to the Government that Mr. Gould's maps and reports should be republished for general information, but as to do so would entail a great amount of unnecessary labour, it was decided to embody Mr. Gould's work in a general map, and to incorporate therein all the most reliable information obtainable from other sources. Mr. Sprent, finding that Mr. R. M. Johnston was independently engaged upon the preparation of a descriptive account of the geology of Tasmania, agreed to join forces with that gentleman. Several gentlemen, on being consulted, agreed to give information, but a great difficulty was experienced in reconciling statements, it was determined to prepare a map from the materials at hand, and then distribute it amongst those who were likely to take an interest in adding to and correcting it. The map now issued does not claim to be a reliable record of ascertained geological facts ; it is put forward rather as a guide, and as an incentive to further work in the same direction ; there being no complete geological survey of Tasmania, it is impossible to attain to more than approximate accuracy. The authors therefore offer this map as their contribution towards a future and more elaborate work. It will be found to give a clear and fairly accurate delineation of the leading geological features of the colony as far as it is possible to delineate them upon a map of small scale. Mr. Johnston is now engaged upon the letterpress portion of the work, but as it is necessarily a work of his spare hours it will not be ready for some months yet. In the meantime Mr. Johnston and Mr. Sprent will be grateful to any gentlemen who will furnish them with information that may be made available for another edition of the map.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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: 29 Nov 2012 21:35
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:45
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