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Report on the chemical qualities and analysis of a combustible mineral substance from the Mersey River, Tasmania, forwarded by Mr. A. McNaughtan, of Hobart Town

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Penny, Frederick and McNaughten, Alexander (1855) Report on the chemical qualities and analysis of a combustible mineral substance from the Mersey River, Tasmania, forwarded by Mr. A. McNaughtan, of Hobart Town. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 3. pp. 108-115.

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Abstract

A report written by Professor Penny, Professor of Chemisty at the Andersonian University, Glasgow and read 13th of September 1854 before the Royal Society of Tasmania. The report states, this mineral consists essentially of a mixture of silicious
sand and clay, with a combustible fossil substance, resembling
resin. It also contains small quantities of water
and iron pyrites, (sulphuret of iron). Under the microscope the leading ingredients may be
easily recognized and distinguished. When heated in the open fire it readily kindles, and
burns with a bright voluminous flame.

Item Type: Article
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
Page Range: pp. 108-115
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

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 The Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 00:07
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 00:07
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