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Auriferous country and gold-bearing rocks

Barnard, Charles E 1879 , 'Auriferous country and gold-bearing rocks' , Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 25-31 .

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The subject of my paper is one that cannot fail to prove of
interest to this Society, seeing the great importance the goldmining
industry is assuming, and has already assumed, in the
colony of Tasmania.
The advantages to be gained by fostering this industry in the
colony need scarcely be dilated upon by me, as they are so patent
to any one who will take the trouble to examine into the causes
of the vast progress the Eastern colonies of Australia have
made during the past quarter century. The numerous large
towns and villages that dot this portion of the continent
—the majority of them founded upon, or connected in some way
with, the discovery of gold in their immediate neighbourhood—
speak for themselves; and the immense impetus to
trade, commerce, and immigration which it brings about
shows what mining will do for a country, hitherto in a state
of almost primeval solitude. But for this source of wealth,
the major portion of these colonies would still have remained
in a "state of nature"—one huge sheep run, with but a
sparse population and scattered country villages.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Barnard, Charles E
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
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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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.

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