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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
Authors/Creators:Sprent, Charles and Johnston, Robert Mackenzie
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
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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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