Australian Museum Journal An unrecorded meteorite from Coolac, New South Wales

Shortform:
Hodge-Smith, 1937, Rec. Aust. Mus. 20(2): 130–132
Author(s):
Hodge-Smith, T.
Year published:
1937
Title:
An unrecorded meteorite from Coolac, New South Wales
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
20
Issue:
2
Start page:
130
End page:
132
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.20.1937.256
Language:
English
Plates:
plate xx
Date published:
27 August 1937
Cover date:
27 August 1937
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
METEORITES
Digitized:
13 May 2009
Available online:
16 July 2009
Reference number:
256
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (107kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (700kb PDF)

Abstract

Through the kindness of Mr. W. E. Williams I was informed that Mr. Noel McMahon, of Coolac, New South Wales possessed an object thought to be a meteorite. On request, Mr. McMahon very generously sent the specimen to the Museum on loan, with permission to cut off a small portion for purposes of investigation.

He stated that his grandfather, Thomas McMahon, found the iron about the year 1874 on his selection known as Happy Valley, about three miles west of Coolac, Parish Bongongolong, County Harden, New South Wales, latitude 34°58′S, longitude 148°7′30&Pprime:W.

Mr. McMahon believes that his grandfather found it four feet below the surface while prospecting for gold. He further reports that "there is a distinct depression in the ground where I believe the meteorite was found. This would be about twenty yards wide; a dry creek in summer now passes through the depression."

The iron was used by his grandmother as a fires top in an open fireplace for about four or five years, when it was sent to Sydney for analysis. According to Mr. McMahon, the result of the analysis was "that it had been in a fire on this earth". I am unable to discover who reported on the matter or to whom the sample was submitted. Etc.