Iron depositis of Tasmania

Dauncey, WC 1897 , 'Iron depositis of Tasmania' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 49-53 .

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As the initial effort to establish the iron industry in Tasmania
failed owing to the presence of the element chromium in the product,
it will, perhaps, be wise for us to examine the influence of this element
on iron and steel. It may be considered by some as unnecessary for
this matter to be dealt with, but as it caused failure before, and
certainly exists in a large proportion in some of the Tasmanian ores, we
will note a few of its chief characteristics, and see in what way its
influence is likely to be felt in future ventures connected with iron
manufacture. Before proceeding, however, let me point out one
peculiarity in connection with chromium, and its presence in iron ores.
It is seldom found in the iron at or near the surface, but generally at
some considerable depth down. This is important, because a surface or
high level sample might lead to the belief that chromium was not
present, while samples taken towards lower levels might be very
strongly impregnated with the element, and consequently useless for
any but special purposes, and this only after special treatment.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Dauncey, WC
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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