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The justification for studying the history of geology is analysed from an Australian perspective. It is considered that history is an essential part of all geological research. With the rise in geological employment, a natural interest in professional history has also developed. A long history of mining in Australia with geological involvement has also led to a greater appreciation of history by local communities. Human understanding of the world is enhanced by studying the history of the earth sciences. Much can be learned by studying the history of geology from an Australian perspective; however, the impact of European ideas...

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