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DIRECTOR RETIRES

. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

DR. HENDERSON'S CAREER

The retirement is announced of Dr. John Henderson, who has been director of the Geological Survey branch of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research since 1928, and who is recognised as one of the outstanding authorities on mining in the Dominion. His ~icccssor is Mr. M. Ongley, chief geologist in the branch.

The Minister in Charge of the Department (Mr. Sullivan), the Department's secretary (Dr. Marsden), the Under-Secretary of Mines (Mr. C. H. Benny), and Mr. Ongley all.paid tribute to Dr. Henderson's services at a farewell gathering arranged by departmental officers at the Royal Oak Hotel, when a presentation of a book credit was made on behalf of his colleagues.

Dr. Henderson, who was born in Dunedin ■in 1880, was educated at the Otago Boys' High School, and subsequently at Otago University, where he graduated M.A., also 8.E., and A.O.S.M. from the School of Mines. As a mining engineer he went to Reefton, and

in i 1903 became director of the School of Mines there, a post that he retained until 1911, when he was appointed to the geological survey as mining geologist. On the West Coast he soon became recognised as an authority on gold mining, and subsequently, when he continued regional surveys in different parts of the Dominion, he was responsible for the survey of the gold and coal resources in the Reef ton-dis-trict. ... In 1928 Dr. Henderson succeeded Mr. P. G. Morgan (who had died the previous year) as director of the survey. In 1929 he represented the New Zealand Government at the International Geolbgical Congress in South Africa. In 1923 he visited Fiji to report on gold-mining prospects there WIDE RANGE OF WORK. The regional surveys that Dr. Henderson carried out covered the Te Aroha-Tauranga district, "where he applied for the first time in the Dominion the idea of secondary enrichment of the gold lodes in the Hauraki district; Reefton, where he outlined • the possibilities of the rich gold lodes and [coal formations, later found to be corjrect; . oil' prospects in the GisborneWhatatutu area; and the Mokau coal district; the coal, limestone, and fireclay i resources of the Huntly-Kawhia district, and. Motueka subdivision, which contains possibly valuable deposits of asbestos. After Mr. Morgan's death; Dr. Henderson investigated and advised upon almost all the important mining activities in the Dominion. During his directorship new departmental activities included soil surveys and the inauguration of micro-palaeontological, petrological, and geophysical sections.' As director he was also a member of the examining board for mine managers. Dr. Henderson was the first to report on the Public Works Department's hydro-electrical projects at. Arapuni, Mangahao, and the Cobb River. He also investigated earthquakes, and collated' material relating to the. Napier and Murchison shocks. When he entered the Geological Survey the staff numbered nine people. I Now it has 40 officers and four branch! offices. Those at Whangarei and Invercargill are mineral survey branches, and a .new one about to be established at Rotorua will study thermal phenomena. . Dr. Henderson was awarded the Hector Medal and Prize in 1945, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. : {THE NEW DIRECTOR. Mr. Ongley was educated at the Waitaki Boys' High School, where he became, head prefect and dux, and graduated M.A. and B.Sc. at Otago University, where he gained the senior university scholarship in geology, and was awarded the Ulrich > Memorial Medal in mineralogy and petrology. Later he took post-graduate courses in

geology at Victoria University College. In 1910 and in 1911 he was selected as Otago's candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship. Mr. Ongley, who is regarded as one of the Department's leading experts on oil and water supplies gained practical field experience, in New Guinea and'Madang. In 1922 .he took the law professional examination.

Since he joined the suryey Mr. Ongley has published bulletins on the geology of the Gisborne-W^iatatutu district, on the mineral resources of the Collingwood area, and on the Kai-tangata-Green Island coal resources, and has compiled papers on oil research in the Pahiatua, Eketahuna, and Dannevirke districts, which have not yet been published. Mr. Ongley has also made investigations in connection with water supply in various parts of the Dominion, in connection with earthquakes, and into the supplies of coal, limestone, and bentonite. In his college days he was a keen boxer, and was' runner-up for the New Zealand welterweight championship. N.Z. WAR STAMPS? A notice of question by Mr. A. S. Richards (Government, Roskill) on behalf of Mr. R. McKeen (Government, Wellington South) in the House of Representatives . today asked the Post-master-General whether he would take into immediate consideration the question of issuing a special set of postage stamps to commemorate New Zealand's great war effort. A note to the question stated that excellent - war issues of stamps had been produced

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CXL, Issue 11, 13 July 1945

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DIRECTOR RETIRES Evening Post, Volume CXL, Issue 11, 13 July 1945

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