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  • The Geology of the Cairns Hinterland and other Parts of North Queensland – H.I. Jensen – 1923

    The Geology of the Cairns Hinterland and other Parts of North Queensland – H.I. Jensen – 1923

    Queensland Department of Mines publication no 274 by H.I. Jensen published in Brisbane in 1923.

    Octavo, 75 pages thoroughly illustrated cancelled University stamp to front. Dealing previous observations and new concepts the tackling the significant task by regions … Cairns Coastal, Cooktown and Back Country, Atherton-Herberton Tableland, Irvinebank-Emuford, Featherbed Range, Hodgkinson-Maytown, Chillago and Etheridge-Croydon.

    Concluding chapters relating to the origin of metals and economic minerals, notes on mines and prospects for the future of mining.

    Illustrated with 13 in text figures mainly sketch plans of each area, as well as a full page geological map of the Etheridge Field and a handsome coloured fold out map of the Chillago, Hodkinson and Palmer Fields

    Mineral Opportunities in North Queensland

    $90.00

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  • Some Mineral Fields  in the Hinterland of Mackay – Lionel Ball – 1910

    Some Mineral Fields in the Hinterland of Mackay – Lionel Ball – 1910

    Queensland Department of Mines publication no 220 by Lionel Ball B.E. published in Brisbane in 1910. At that time Ball was the assistant government geologist.

    Octavo 45 pages still in the original olive green paper wrapper. Dealing with Mount Spencer Gold and Mineral Field with special reference to the copper mines; Eungella Goldfield and Coal at Black Rock Creek.

    Nicely illustrated with a fold out multiple plan of the Pine Vale Lease; schematics of the ore body geology at Pine Vale; some photographic reproductions in the area; a sketch plan of Eungella and a locality plan showing the position of Coal at Black Rock Creek relative to Mackay.

    Gold, Copper and Coal all west of Mackay

    $60.00

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  • Dalmorton Quartz Mining Co [NewSouth Wales] – Original Manuscript Record of Formation and Original Share Issue – 21st October 1872

    Dalmorton Quartz Mining Co [NewSouth Wales] – Original Manuscript Record of Formation and Original Share Issue – 21st October 1872

    Gold bearing Quartz had been found by loggers in Northern New South Wales on the rugged road in the mountainous regions between Glenn Innes and Grafton.

    Directors John Edge Manning, Thomas Miller, John Henry Seamer (Alderman and Timber Merchant), Charles Dawn and George Harley put forward a Prospectus for the Dalmorton Quartz Mining Co to exploit the resource. This manuscript … broadsheet folded and written over effective 3 then sides records the structure of the issue in terms of capital and proposed calls on initially partly paid shares and bears the no of shares allocated and signature and address of the original subscribers who total 70 in number.

    From nothing Dalmorton rapidly became a thriving centre with up to a thousand miners and a town of 13 pubs, a school, 2 butchers, 4 stores, police station, stables, jail, post office etc. Ten years later discovery of gold at Mount Morgan and at Kalgoorlie drew miners away and the area went into decline. The town of Dalmorton was fully abandoned by the 1970’s.

    Current day unlisted public company Revolution Metals Limited has reopened a number of prospects in the area and appear to be doing rather well.

    Original Australian Gold Mining Company Historical Document – 1872

    $360.00

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  • Tasmanian Period Photograph – Dover Beach and Adamson’s Peak – J.C. Breaden

    Tasmanian Period Photograph – Dover Beach and Adamson’s Peak – J.C. Breaden

    A nice image of the Adamson’s Peak, in the Hartz Mountains, over the beach at Dover Southern Tasmania c1930, by J.C. Breaden carrying his studio stamp at rear. Size 22 x 16.5 cm. Overall in good condition.

    J.C. Breaden is recorded as having been a gifted Hobart amateur photographer who was active from 1920. He died in 1947. The rear of the photograph carries his stamp of Agent General of Tasmania and various notes.

    An overcast day at Dover beach looking south to Adamson’s Peak.

    $50.00

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  • Photograph from Burrow’s Studios Launceston North End of Great Lake

    Photograph from Burrow’s Studios Launceston North End of Great Lake

    An original photograph from Burrow’s Photo Studios, Quadrant, Launceston. The North End of Great Lake, Tasmania. Size 21 x 16.5cm the image filling the whole of the photograph. Overall in good condition. The rear of the photograph carries the Burrow’s Photo Studios stamp and address at the Quadrant and, that of the Agent General for Tasmania, London and various notes.

    There was a Burrows photographic business at the Quadrant, Launceston as early as the 1850′s. The business continued and was style “Photo Studios” in the 1920′s.

    Pleasure craft on the Great Lake

    $50.00

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  • Direct Vision “Rainband” Cased Brass Spectroscope – Late Victorian

    Direct Vision “Rainband” Cased Brass Spectroscope – Late Victorian

    A good example of a hand held direct vision spectroscope made by or to a design by John Browning of London.

    Late Victorian in manufacture and in its original case. Works nicely and produces sublime spectra. Contains a train of alternating crown and flint glass prisms in order to correct for chromatic aberration. Brass body left unpolished as is preferred by collectors of fine scientific instruments. Original plush lined case is in very good condition and the clasp still hold firm.

    This design is also known as the “Rainband” spectroscope and was used by gentlemen scientist to detect the spectral bands that appear as water vapour builds in the atmosphere prior to a shower of rain. This is the more sophisticated version with a knurled device for altering the slit width and a draw tube for fine focus.

    Very good condition working spectroscope

    $280.00

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