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Andrew, James 1887 , 'Diamond digging in South Africa' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 98-106 .

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Mr. President, — I feel that some apology is necessary
for introducing a subject quite foreign to Tasmania, and
which I am unable to treat scientifically, but, as few people,
except those who have visited the diamond fields of South
Africa, can accurately appreciate the most important part the
digging industry has played in promoting the welfare of the
country, a brief but very imperfect sketch of the mines, and of
the method of working them, may prove of interest. Diamonds
may yet attract much attention in Australasia as they have
been found in four of the five continental colonics and also in New
Zealand, and they are now being systematically sought for with
profit to the diggers in the northern part of New South Wales. I
may add that my paper has been prepared, not from notes as a
casual visitor to the fields, but from the experiences of more than
two years as a digger and prospector, and as an official intimately
connected with diamond mining as there carried out.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Andrew, James
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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