Mettle and Mines: The Life and Times of Colonial Geologist Edward Heydelbach Davis (1845-71)

Author(s): M R Johnston

NZ History

English geologist Edward H Davis came to New Zealand in 1870. Young but already well-travelled, he ventured into some far corners of the colony to explore and assess it's mining potential - Thames-Coromandel, Taranaki, Nelson, Golden Bay and the Grey Valley. The search for gold, copper, coal and ironsand all drew on Davis's previous experience in Portugal, Colombia and a family background in the iron trade of Northern England. Following his appointment to the New Zealand Geological Survey, he became a member of the small, but influential, scientific community in the colony. Author Mike Johnston has dug deep and wide to bring together this first account of a far-flung and eventful life, so tragically cut short on a West Coast beach.


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General Fields

  • : 9780958224284
  • : Nikau Press
  • : Nikau Press
  • : January 2007
  • : 240x171pp
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : M R Johnston
  • : Paperback
  • : illustrated edition
  • : 551.092
  • : 288
  • : illustrations