The South Australian Company; A Study In Colonisation

Paperback | January 14, 2012

byGeorge Sutherland

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A Geologists Wanderings 153 CHAPTER IX COPPER AND GOLD The eccentric, but clever and most enthusiastic mineralogist whom the Directors of the South Australian Company had sent out in 1836 to Kangaroo Island found but little in that place, save the pursuit of botany and the cultivation of a small garden, to exercise his attention. But on his removal to the mainland he commenced a series of rambles, in the course of which he discovered sufficient evidence of mineralised country to prove the existence of an extraordinary profusion of metals. Wandering for weeks and even for months together, out among the primeval bush and forests, he had his geologist's hammer continually in use, and with blowpipe and other apparatus for mineralogical investigation he made careful examinations of his specimens when he got home. 'Professor Menge,' as he was almost universally called, soon became a well-known character. His talents and erudition were fully admitted, and no one doubted his wholesouled enthusiasm in the special work which he had taken up. But, unfortunately, in the first few years of his sojourn he had found too much for the average practical settler to believe in; and among the most unlearned section of the community he was credited with an unlimited faculty for what they termed 'pitching yarns.' This 'Father of South Australian Mineralogy '--to use the title which he was afterwards admitted to have fully earned--never did much which was of direct practical use in a moneymaking direction either for himself or for the Company that sent him out to the colony. But, on the whole, it must be recorded that the anticipations of the Directors in announcing his engagement were not really disappointed. He came rather before his time, and it was his fate, so to speak, to preach ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A Geologists Wanderings 153 CHAPTER IX COPPER AND GOLD The eccentric, but clever and most enthusiastic mineralogist whom the Director...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217614213

ISBN - 13:9780217614214

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