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Dear Sirs,

I would like to congratulate Peter Griggs on his fine work in preparing his paper for The Globe titled 'Mapping a New Colony: The Geological Construction of Queensland 1860-1880'.

However, as a past Queensland Government employee with the old Department of Mines for nineteen years, I must comment that extremely little reference was made to the enormous contribution to map-making by the Government Geologists in same period of study. Let he be reminded that it was very often the search for coal, minerals and precious metals that opened up much of the new Colony of Queensland before pastoralists and settlers ventured beyond the confines of the south-east corner of the fledging colony. And geological maps came freely off the lithographic limestone slabs. A little digging (no pun intended) into the Department library in Mary Street, Brisbane, would uncover a wealth of maps by Richard Daintree and, particularly, Robert Logan Jack ... just to name a few.

Ross Thomas

25 February 2005

C/- Mansell Mining and Shotcrete Services

PO Box 308 Mount Isa

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Author:Thomas, Ross
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Date:Dec 1, 2005
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