Friday, August 22, 2008

Twillick tangent: Joseph Beete Jukes (1811-1869) Exursions in and About Newfoundland During the Years 1839 and 1840

Jukes, Joseph Beete (1811 - 1869)
1811, Birmingham, Warwick, England
29 July 1869, Dublin, Ireland
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Life Summary

JUKES, JOSEPH BEETE (1811-1869), geologist, was born in Birmingham, England, the son of John and Sophia Jukes. Educated at Wolverhampton and King Edward's School, Birmingham, he studied geology under Professor Sedgwick at Cambridge (B.A., 1836). In 1839-40 Jukes was geological surveyor of Newfoundland and his Excursions In and About Newfoundland During the Years 1839 and 1840 (London, 1842) contained the fruits of this pioneering work.

Read the rest of this online Biography of Jukes here.


Jukes is quoted in many an entry of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. Including the entry for this week's word of the week, Twillick, wherein he is quoted as follows:

1842 JUKES i, 141 We shot a couple of 'twillecks,' a grey long-legged bird. about the size and shape of a plover, that frequents the shores of the lakes and arms of the sea.

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