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Meteorite 10 April 1858

10 April 1858

To the Editors of the Maitland Mercury.
GENTLEMEN - I beg to aquaint you, for the information of the scientific, that on Saturday, the 10th current, about 4 p.m., a Meteorolite fell at the back of a barn on a farm adjoining this property, say about half-a-mile distant, and in the occupation of two Germans. The noise was distinctly heard by many persons in the neighbourhood. My plough was stopped at the extraordinary sound-at first like a clap of thunder, and then a noise like that of a thrashing machine at full speed and close at hand. The Germans describe the noise as that of a great tree falling ; they ran to the barn to see what was the matter, and picked up the stone, which had fallen on very hard ground, and only penetrated a short way; the stone was cold when they got it. They are unwilling to part with the stone, or I should have sent it to your office en route to the museum. The stone weighs about 2 lbs., appears to have been split, or else a fragment broke off some huge stone, but no other piece has yet been found; the fractured part is of a greyish colour, and granulated, the grains being the size of a large pin head, and some of them larger; the outside is covered with a black crust, or shell, rather rough on the outside and looks as if it had been in fire. The crust breaks off from the stone just as you may suppose the shell to break off a hard-boiled egg, only the crust is thicker than an eggshell.

-I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant,
Campsie, Paterson, 17th April, 1858.


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