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Discovery of an aboriginal chipped flake in deep ground near Gladstone

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posted on 2023-11-22, 09:43 authored by William Harper Twelvetrees
I happened to be at Gladstone last March when a worked stone of chalcedony was brought to me as a strange specimen found by Mr. Richards in working Richards's and Murray's alluvial tin claim at the old Doone mine, north of the Ringarooma River, and two miles from Gladstone. I recognised it as an aboriginal Flake, but, to make sure, I submitted it to Mr. R. M. Johnston, whose knowledge of these implements is unrivalled, and lie at once pronounced it to be of human workmanship.
The following day I proceeded to the claim in order to examine the conditions of occurrence. The actual block of gravel from which the stone had been picked had disappeared in sluicing, but I stood on the actual site of the discovery, and Mr. Richards, who enjoys a high reputation for reliability and integrity, explained to me all the attendant circumstances.


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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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