Catalogues of the minerals found in Tasmania have been kept since almost the earliest days of mining and have been of invaluable assistance to prospectors, mineral explorers, mineralogists and collectors. The Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania was first published by the Tasmania Department of Mines in 1910, and was extensively revised in 1969. Since then the improvements in technology and further investigations of minerals and mineral deposits have not only increased the number of identified species and data on mineral occurrences, but have also invalidated many previous 'species'.
The new Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania, published in late 2008, extensively updates the previous catalogue. A total of 753 minerals are described, comprising 483 confirmed species, 162 unconfirmed species, 72 variety or invalid names, and 36 series and group names. All entries in the 1969 catalogue have been re-evaluated and are now reclassified as to their known or likely validity. Species invalidated or doubted from the 1969 listing have been retained, with comments.
The new 254 page A4-size catalogue includes 314 colour photographs of Tasmanian mineral specimens.
How to get a copy
The Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania is available from Mineral Resources Tasmania and some retail outlets. The soft-cover book has a recommended retail price of $49.50 (including GST). Copies can be purchased from Mineral Resources Tasmania.
In person: From our Rosny Park offices, 30 Gordons Hill Road, Rosny Park
By mail: Mineral Resources Tasmania, PO Box 56, Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
By phone: (03) 6165 4800
Payment may be made using credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only). Post and package is included for books ordered by phone or mail (within Australia). Cheques/money orders should be in Australian dollars. A postage charge will apply to international destinations; the amount will depend on method of shipment and destination.
Postage costs can be calculated using the approximate book weight of 960 grams.