Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Scientific Expedition

The Scientific Expedition
Dr. Hochstetter and party-arrived on Tuesday in town (Auckland), from their expedition to the interior. The party consisted of Messrs. Hart and Koch, the former of whom had been specially invited to join the expedition, the latter assisted as sketcher and assistant meteorologist, Mr. Hamel, the photographist, and Mr. G. D. Hay, who did the honors, of the country on the part of the New Zealand Government.

Dr. Hochstetter has visited the Waikato, the Waipa, Whaingaroa, Kawhia, Mokau, Te Hua, Taupo, and the lakes at Rotomahama and Rotorua, whence he proceeded to Maketu and Tauranga, returning by Rangiawhia. He has thus explored the whole of the Southern boundary of the Province of Auckland, from the East Coast along the boundaries of the New Province of Hawke's Bay to Taupo, and the head of the Wauganui river, on the boundaries of the Wellington Province, and has collected materials for a complete geographical and geological map of the country.

He has collected valuable specimens belonging to all departments of natural history, and Mr. Hamel has brought back some sixty photographic plates of landscapes taken during the expedition.

Dr. Hochstetter expresses himself as highly gratified by the courtesy and kind reception he has met with during his journey from Europeans, settlers, missionaries and others, and from the native population. We hope that a report of this expedition will be shortly before the public.

Dr. Hochstetter proceeds we understand almost immediately to Coromandel to examine the goldfields.— Ibid.
Lyttelton Times, Volume XI, Issue 687, 8 June 1859, Page 3

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