Sir Paul Edmund de StrzeleckiPrint Page
In December 1839 , after a visit to the Bathurst-Wellington district, Strezlecki stated to the geologists, W. B. Clarke and J. D. Dana, that the local mineralogy was `very tame`, a surprising statement in the light of later events. The field-work for his geological map took him in zigzags across New South Wales, and to the Australian Alps, where alone he ascended what he considered the highest peak, calling it after the Polish democratic leader, Tadeusz Kosciuszko.
In 1845 he became a British subject, and published in London his Physical Description of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, for which he received the founder's medal of the Royal Geographical Society. The book laid the basis of Australian palaeontology. Strzelecki thought it would be an important aid to the immigration of capital and men.
|Address:||43 High Street, Strzelecki Scenic Lookout, The Hill , 2300|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -32.936631|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1991|
STRZELECKI SCENIC LOOKOUT
Strzelecki`s Diagram From 1845
Newcastle in 1991
SIR PAUL EDMUND STRZELECKI
IN RECOGNITION OF THE GREAT POLISH GEOLOGIST
AND AUSTRALIAN EXPLORER
WHOSE RESEARCH ON COAL DEPOSITS AND CHEMICAL
ANALYSIS, DURING THE PERIOD 1839 - 1845 INFLUENCED
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEWCASTLE DISTRICT
Erected In 1991 By Newcastle City Council And Polish Historical Society
The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor Alderman John McNaughton
R. Robinson W. Bradley D. Lanham J. Tate
V.Bell D.Geddes D. Nichols A. Saunders
M. Goumas F. Rigby P. Wilson
Sec. Polish Historical Society M.Sc. H. Regulska-Slusarczyk