Story: Radioactive minerals

Success for Cassin and Jacobsen (2nd of 2)

Success for Cassin and Jacobsen

In 1955, when Frederick Cassin and Charles Jacobsen made the first find of uranium in the Buller Gorge on the West Coast, it caused a sensation, as local people believed it could bring riches to the region. Here, women gather at the Berlins Hotel to see Jacobsen demonstrating the effect of his radioactive rock on the Geiger counter.

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Reference: Weekly News, 23 November 1955

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Rebecca Priestley, 'Radioactive minerals - West Coast uranium rush, 1955–56', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 12 Jun 2006