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                             December 16,1976

AIRMAIL

Mr. J.E. Johnson
Mineral Department
South Australian Museum
North Terrace
Adelaide, Australia 5000

Dear Jim,

    Through John McAndrew I have just received the parcel of South Australian minerals that you assembled for me. They are most interesting and useful additions to the mineral collection - the bermanite is a particularly fine specimen. The mineral marked almandine(?) on the albite-triplite specimen is certainly a garnet, but in view of the association is almost certainly spessartine.

    Oliver Chalmers, Ed Henderson, and I recently published a monograph on australites, describing our work over the past several years. You should be receiving a copy from Oliver very shortly. I'm still interested in australite distribution, and am thinking of making a trip through north-eastern South Australia around July-August 1977.

    With many thanks for the specimens, and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

                      Sincerely,

                 Brian Mason
                 Curator
                 Department of Mineral Sciences

cc: Dr. J. McAndrew

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