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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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Abstract

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
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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