1903 Wanneroo – Geological


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Rare early map geological map of Wanneroo from Lake Goollelal, Lake Joondalup north to the Pinjar Swamp and Lake Nowergup, Perth, Western Australia.

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The map depicts soil types and permanent water sources from the geological surveys conducted under the supervision of Government Geologist for Western Australia Andrew Gibb Maitland for the Hon M Gregory M L A Minister for Mines, and compiled by Edward S Simpson, Mineralogist and Assayer and drawn by R H Irwin.

Andrew Gibb Maitland (1864 – 1951) was an acknowledged authority on underground water and had early successes in the West locating bores between Geraldton and the North West Cape. He worked in the Kimberley Division with F S Drake Brockman in 1901 and in 1903, spent several long and arduous seasons in the Pilbara region mapping a vast area.

Water and gold were crucial to the posterity of the West at this time, and Maitland and his staff devoted much attention to the Pilbara goldfields. Little did they know what great wealth would be found sixty years late?

Edward Sydney Simpson (1875-1939) became the mineralogist and assayer with the Geological Survey of Western Australia in 1897. In 1922 he became government mineralogist and analyst, controlling the combined health, agricultural and mines laboratories

Between 1899 and 1905 he helped to establish the Western Australian School of Mines and joined its advisory board (1902-15). In 1921-26 he was a member of the university senate and from 1927 was government representative on the Western Australian committee of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

His earlier work in Western Australia had involved rocks carrying the chief gold deposits, the exploitation of which had boosted the State’s development.  Simpson’s pioneering work on the highly metasomatized rocks of the Golden Mile and throughout the Eastern Goldfields was of the utmost scientific and industrial importance. Later his ceramic researches preceded the establishment of factories making drain pipes, roofing tiles and white ware.

Perhaps his best-known scientific contributions were in connexion with the rare radioactive minerals of the Pilbara and with the tantalum and beryllium-bearing minerals. Finding his work hampered by the lack of accurate methods for the determination of tantalum and niobium, he devised one which for many years was the standard commercial method. His work was not confined to rare minerals; he was continually adding to knowledge about Western Australian minerals and devoted his doctoral thesis to the broad topic. He published A Key to Mineral Groups, Species and Varieties (1932) and over a hundred learned papers, and he collected and arranged systematically every piece of fresh information on the State’s mineralogy that came his way—both published and in the unpublished records of his laboratory. A monograph was published posthumously of his work in three volumes titled Minerals of Western Australia (1948, 1951 and 1952).

Dimensions 25 × 16 cm
Dimensions with Mount

39 x 30cm


H J Pether, Government Lithographer Perth Western Australia 1904

Date Published

Perth, Western Australia 1904


Excellent condition

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