In 1908 the University of Pretoria was formed from a part of the Transvaal University College, and geology was amongst the few subjects taught in those early years. By this time (thirteen years after the foundation of the Geological Society of South Africa in 1895) geology was already a well established and an economically important profession in South Africa. Widespread mapping activities had been in progress since about the 1860s and important mineral deposits, including gold, were already reported from various localities in South Africa. The need for locally-educated geologists was pressing and the newly established University of Pretoria aimed...

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