Tsumeb.com: Mission Statement
Tsumeb.com is a not-for-profit, collaborative project with the goal of collating and sharing information relating to the famous Tsumeb Mine in Namibia, one of the most diverse and prolific mineralogical localities in the world. The site was launched on February 8, 2016 from which date interested individuals are invited to contribute by submitting verified information and high quality images relating to the mineralogy, geology, history and personalities that define this unique mineralogical occurrence.
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Wilhelm Thometzek was the Director (general manager) of the Otavi Minen- und Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (OMEG) between 1912 and 1922. He was a keen collector of minerals and Gebhard (1999) has suggested that his collecting style was influenced by Wilhelm Klein, who arrived at Tsumeb in 1916. Thometzek’s collection was sold to the Berlin Museum of Natural History (Humboldt Museum) in 1936, and “Thometzek” labels for each specimen were handwritten by Paul Ramdohr (Gebhard, op. cit.). Unfortunately no original Thometzek labels survive, and there seems to be very little information about him, or his collecting activities. The mineral thometzekite is named in his honour (Schmetzer et al., 1985).
The undated photograph shows Herr Thometzek, immaculately attired in a white suit, at a hoist inspection.
W. Thometzek image courtesy of the Tsumeb Museum, Tsumeb, Namibia.
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