Richard Meade

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Date Details
1827 Born in Dublin.
1841 Entered Drawing Office of the Old Houses of Parliament as assistant to Dr. Reid (who was in charge of ventilating arrangement), trained as Surveyor.
1853 Transferred to Mining Record Office in Museum of Practical Geology as Assistant Keeper of Mining Records under Robert Hunt.
1882 Published “The Coal and Iron Industries of the United Kingdom”.
1883 On abolition of Mining Record Office, transferred to the Home Office and appointed Clerk of Mineral Statistics.
1889 Retired on account of ill-health.
1894 Died September 12th.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Richard Meade - Obituary Geological Magazine Volume 1, Issue 12 December 1894 , p. 576 DOI:


Works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

Hunt, R. Meade, R.. 1858. A catalogue of the contents of the Mining Record Office in the Museum of Practical Geology consisting of plans and sections of mines and collieries, statistical and other documents. - London: HMSO

Meade, R. 1882. The coal and iron industries of the United Kingdom : Comprising a description of the coal-fields, and of the principal seams of coal with returns of their produce and its distribution, and analyses of special varieties. Also an account of the occurrence of iron ores ... and a history of the rise and progress of pig iron manufacture since the year 1740, exhibiting the economies introduced in the blast furnaces for its production and improvement. - London: C. Lockwood & Co

Tregellas, W.H.. Meade, R.. 1884. Tourists' guide to Cornwall and the Scilly Isles : containing succinct information conerning all the principal places and objects of interest in the county: 4th ed. - London: Edward Stanford

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/DC/A/C/7/110 R Meade: Letter on his superannuation.
GSM/DC/A/C/7/318,431 R Meade: Letters on a pay rise.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/210,237 R Meade: Letters on a pay rise.
GSM/DC/A/C/24/318, 326 R Meade: Letters on a pay rise.