Story: Geological exploration

Hector’s first map of New Zealand

Only three years after he arrived, James Hector prepared this geological map of the whole country for the New Zealand Industrial Exhibition in Dunedin in 1865. It incorporates observations from all those who had examined different parts of the country, especially Hochstetter, Haast, Crawford and Hector himself. This map is one of the earliest examples of his skill at compiling information.

As more data became available over the next 30 years Hector revised the map, but the overall pattern of geology was already clear by 1865.

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Reference: MapColl 830caq/1869/Acc.1382

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How to cite this page:

Simon Nathan, 'Geological exploration - The search for gold and minerals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/8141/hectors-first-map-of-new-zealand (accessed 17 May 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006