The University of Canterbury Library recently found a precious copy of what is globally acknowledged as the first geological map of any country ever produced with connections to early Canterbury.
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of Smith’s iconic work, and the recent ‘rediscovery’ of UC’s original copy donated by Robert Speight, the Macmillan Brown Library and the Geological Sciences Department are holding an exhibition and public lecture on Monday 20 July.
The exhibition will feature UC’s incarnation of Smith’s map, significant related geological works from the University’s Rare Books Collection, geological samples, equipment and images. The exhibition will highlight the history of our map, it’s relation to Canterbury and the significance of the map to the development of geological sciences and geological mapping, past and present, at UC.
The public lecture will be presented by Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker (Australian National University). Patrick recently attended the 200th anniversary celebrations for the Smith map in England and is a Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for ‘service to science through research and teaching’. His more than 200 publications give clear evidence of his interest in a broad range of topics with special emphasis on geological records of climate and environmental change, and the history of science. The UC map will be displayed in the foyer before and after the public lecture.