THE "CYCLING GEOLOGIST"
COLE, Grenville Arthur James (1859-1924), geologist. Autograph letter signed to George William Card, 4 sides of a bifolium, 8vo, Royal College of Science, Dublin, 22 January 1894, acknowledging receipt of a collection of geological specimens which he has “duly divided between Prof. O’Reilly (Mining & Mineralogy) & my own department. We hope to put aside a few duplicates as time goes on, and I am arranging now for some from Co. Antrim ……….. There are some fascinating silicates in these Broken Hill schists. Every specimen sent is of use to us; please thank Mr Allan as well as yourself”. He goes on to talk about his lectures to the Naturalists’ Field Club every Saturday in Belfast, and talks of his life in Dublin “A grateful Treasury does not yet allow of my “settling down”, but my ties with this country are always growing, and I quite rejoice to get back to it after the colder life in East Anglia …….. As long as I can get £200 per annum, I shall not leave Europe: I have far too many social & political instincts to want to go further afield”. True to form, Cole concludes the letter with the questions “Do you cycle out there? If not, why not?”.
Grenville Cole was from 1890 the Professor of Geology and Mineralogy in the Royal College of Science for Ireland, and from 1905 the Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland. He was born in London the son of John Jenkins Cole (1815–1897) an architect, and Anna Maria Josephine Smith (b.c1832-1903). Cole was a keen cyclist and, described as the ‘cycling geologist’, toured extensively in Ireland and Europe, writing two travel books about his journeys. Cole was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1917.
His correspondent George William Card, FGS, ARSM. (1865-1943) was an Australian geologist, responsible for the collections of the Mining Museum in Sydney. Card published the Handbook to the Mining and Geological Museum, Sydney in 1902.