This sand is from the collection of the late Ivor Treby. It was collected in the Peoples (Square) Park, Nanjing Road (opposite the Park Hotel) Shanghai.
The sand contains angular to sub-angular grains of quartz, some muscovite flakes as well as grains of sub-angular quartz/feldspar up to 0.6mm. It was probably from a river alluvial or terrace deposit with graniite derived bimodal sandgrains and might have been introduced to the site.
One surprise inclusion is a minute phosphatised bird skull.
Ivor was a biochemistry teacher and poet with over 400 published poems. He considered himself to be a gay literary activist.
Ivor took early retirement in the 1980s and dedicated his time to researching two Victorian/Edwardian women poets who wrote under the pseudonym Michael Field. He also spent much of the next 20 years travelling abroad. Wherever he went he collected samples of sand and sediment.