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Historical Studies

Convenor: Simon Nathan


The Historical Studies Group aims to document the history of earth science in New Zealand. The main activity is the production of a newsletter, generally twice a year. The Editor is always willing to receive material to consider for publication in the newsletter. The group receives a grant from the Geosciences Society and members are levied an annual subscription of $15 per year.

Kat Holt, the Geosciences Society of New Zealand's archivist, maintains the records of the society, now going back over 40 years. Kat ( would be pleased to hear from members who may be disposing of material related to the Society, or who have queries about the history of the Society.

Of Historical Interest...

  • GSNZ Misc Pub 118: "GSNZ - Our First 50 years" by Bruce Hayward can be viewed/downloaded as a 3.8Mb pdf file
  • Thirteen minerals have been first described from New Zealand and accepted as valid by the International Mineralogical Association. Simon Nathan has compiled a list with references

HSG Newsletter Archive

Index to Newsletters 1-25

Newsletters 1-19 (1990's)

Newsletters 20-37 (2000's)

Newsletter 38 (March 2010)

Newsletter 39 (Sept 2010)

Newsletter 40 (March 2011)

Newsletter 41 (Sept 2011)