John Bastian Hill R.N., F.G.S.

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Date Details
1846 Resigned 5th January.
1861 Born December 28th, son of George Hill of Tregassick, Cornwall, kinsman of J.H.C. Bastian the advocate of abiogenesis. 6 years service in the Navy. Retired to study geology at University College London and Royal School of Mines.
1884 Entered Geological Survey as Assistant Geologist.
First fieldwork in Argyllshire.
Contributed to Memoirs: “Seaboard of Argyll” (1909), “Mid-Argyll” (1905), “Knapdale” (1911), “Cowal” (1897), “Oban” (1908).
Paper in Quarterly Journal “Progressive Metamorphism in region of Loch Awe”.
1897 Transferred to Cornwall. Lived at Falmouth and worked on the Killas of North Meneage and parts of west of Falmouth. Recognised 4 lithological units of the Killas which he termed Portcatho, Mylor, Veryan and Falmouth divisions. Given charge of official enq
1901 Promoted to Geologist. Transferred to the Midlands and surveyed small area around Ollerton and Lichfield. Contributed to “Lichfield” Memoir (1919), “Ollerton” (1911) and “Derbyshire Coalfield” (1913).
1911 Resigned from Survey. Appointed Geological Advisor to Local Government Board (1911 – 22), chief work on underground water supply.
1913 Awarded Bolitho Gold Medal from Royal Geological Society of Cornwall.
1927 Died December 18th.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Bather, F.A. Obituary - James Bastion Hill. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 84 p.lvii. 1928

Obituary - James Bastian Hill. Born in 1861, died 18th December 1927. Proceedings of the Geologists Association. v. 39 p.202-203. 1928


Hill, J.B.. 1906. [A history of the county of Cornwall]. Pt. 1, geology. - London: Constable. - (Victoria history of the counties of England)