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Notes Prepared by John Hogan


I Join the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology

H. A. Hunt (1866–1946) — First Commonwealth Meteorologist

Inigo Jones (1872–1954)

Griffith Taylor, D.SC, B.E., B.A. (1880–1963)

Edward Kidson, O.B.E., D.Sc., F. Inst. P. (1882–1939)

My Recollections of Captain Edward Kidson (R.E) O.B.E, D.Sc., F. Inst. P. (1882–1939)

Macquarie Island

Willis Island


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Griffith Taylor, D.SC, B.E., B.A. (1880–1963) (continued)

In the six years during which he was actively working in meteorology, having published books on the subject, Taylor could not be induced to take part in the Bureau's forecasting activities.

Taylor proclaimed his views with dogmatic assurance, consequently he became a controversial figure and on some subjects he drew heated criticism.

Early in his meteorological career he published a text book 'The Geography of Australia'. It was banned in the schools of Western Australia because the author had described most of the interior of that State as desert.

Again he was subject to criticism when he described the Northern Territory as a gigantic 'white elephant', while before a railway commission he strongly advocated that a railway to the Northern Territory be built from Carnavon to Daly Waters, rather than north from Oodnadatta. He could see no future giving economic significance to the Territory. One newspaper published this as 'Professor Taylor epitomises life in the Territory as Living Hell'.

Taylor's objective was to prevent the spending of huge amounts of money on what he saw as worthless objectives. There were other subjects too in which he was severely criticised by the press: one was his advocacy of inter-marriage (with reservation) between Australians and Asian races.

In 1927 Taylor joined the Chicago University and remained until 1936 when he moved to the Toronto University. In both Universities he continued to work tirelessly, with sessions of travel for his many geological expeditions.

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Hogan, J. 1986 'Notes Prepared by John Hogan (1896-1970)', Metarch Papers, No. 2 March 1986, Bureau of Meteorology

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