Australian Museum Journal Lord Howe Island its zoology, geology, and physical characters. No. 5. The physical and geological structure of Lord Howe Island

Shortform:
Etheridge, 1889, Aust. Mus. Mem. 2(5): 99–126
Author(s):
Etheridge, R.
Year published:
1889
Title:
Lord Howe Island its zoology, geology, and physical characters. No. 5. The physical and geological structure of Lord Howe Island
Serial title:
Australian Museum Memoir
Volume:
2
Issue:
5
Start page:
99
End page:
126
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1967.2.1889.483
Language:
English
Plates:
plates vii–ix and colour plate x (map)
Date published:
31 December 1889
Cover date:
31 December 1889
ISSN:
0067-1967
CODEN:
AUNMA5
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
GEODIVERSITY; LORD HOWE ISLAND
Digitized:
27 March 2009
Available online:
16 July 2009
Reference number:
483
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (46kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (7231kb PDF)

Abstract

[Excerpt from Introduction]. The geographical position of Lord Howe Island has been already described, and it has been shown that under this name are included a number of outlying rocks. Chief amongst these are the Admiralty Islets to the north; Mutton Bird Island to the east; Rabbit or Goat Island, within the Lagoon, on the west; and the solitary pinnacle, Ball's Pyramid, away to the southeast.

The outline of Lord Howe Island itself is roughly crescentic, or, as very appropriately termed by Mr. H. T. Wilkinson, J.P., "boomerang-shaped." The length, as the crow flies, is six or seven miles, or, taking into consideration the inequalities of the surface, probably nearly double that distance. The average width is one mile, but at the southern end of the island it is considerably more. The island has been estimated, by Mr. Charles Moore, to contain 3,220 acres, 2,000 of which would be capable of cultivation. Personally I do not think that much more than a third of this amount will ever be fit for the agriculturist, and then only under certain conditions....