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Mines and Mineral Statistics of New South Wales

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The volume now before us is a companion to that we reviewed recently in this journal on the minerals and rocks of Victoria,* and like it has been called forth by the necessity of cataloguing and describing the collection of specimens exhibited at the Metropolitan Intercolonial Exhibition held at Sydney in 1875, which consisted of rock-specimens, fossils, samples of coal, ores of iron, and other metals, collected by the Examiner of Coal-fields, the Government Geologists, and furnished to a large extent by the owners of mines, the whole being arranged by Mr. C. S. Wilkinson, Government Geologist to the colony. The volume also contains statistics of the minerals raised in 1874 and preceding years. These do not pretend to be more than approximations, but they are sufficient to enable us to see the strides this great colony is making in the development of those mineral treasures which are almost lavishly bestowed throughout the area already explored, and which give promise of still wider distribution; meanwhile, the authorities seem fully alive to the importance of having accurate returns. It is stated that “the arrangements for the future are such as it is hoped will secure the collection, publication, and preservation of complete and authentic returns, and no pains will be spared to render our records of the past more complete than they are at present.”

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