||Records of Duffield, Walter Geoffrey
||1880 - 1987
||Walter Geoffrey Duffield (1879 - 1929)
||1.14 metres (160 items)
||Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra
||Duffield was Professor of Physics, Reading University, England 1910-1923 and was appointed the inaugural Director of the Solar Physics Observatory, Mount Stromlo near Canberra, in 1924.
The majority of the Duffield papers were handed to Dr Rosaleen Love, Department of Humanities, Swinburne Institute of Technology, by Miss Joan Duffield, the daughter of W. G. Duffield, for reference work on her article 'Science and Government in Australia 1905-14: Geoffrey Duffield and the Foundation of the Commonwealth Solar Observatory', Historical Records of Australian Science, 6 (2) (December 1985). Those papers were transferred directly to the ASAP for archiving and further small accessions were subsequently received from Miss Duffield.
- The records have been allocated to 10 series. The codes used to uniquely identify each series range from DUFFS001 to DUFFS010.
- Through the processing of the records, 2 provenance entities were identified. The codes used to uniquely identify each provenance entity, i.e. records creator or custodian, range from DUFFP01 to DUFFP02.
- The inventory covers 160 items, and may include records of continuing value, records sentenced for destruction and records that have been destroyed. The codes used to uniquely identify each inventory item range from DUFF00001 to DUFF00164. The total collection occupies 114 linear cm of shelf space (or its equivalent).
- The documentation of the records at inventory level started on 20 January 2004. The latest additions were made on 18 February 2004. The latest modifications were made on 29 June 2007. This collection profile was updated on 8 November 2007.
Scope and Content
The collection comprises the records of W. G. Duffield which survived a basement flood destroying perhaps 80% of the material. Needless to say there are significant gaps in the documentary record; however most of the records are in good condition though conservation work was required to flatten one large photograph that had been rolled for many years.
'From a 19th-century Australian school education in science, where science subjects were given to children in much the same spirit as the classics, as mental training for whatever else might follow in life, Duffield moved on to take an undergraduate science degree at Adelaide University. But then instead of turning, as most of his university contemporaries did, to what they saw as the 'real world' of business, or finance or sheep-breeding, Duffield took seriously the notion of science as a career, and from a fairly undistinguished and ordinary education he adopted an out-of-the-ordinary ambition.'
R. Love, Science and Government ... HRAS 6(2)(December 1985) p.171
Note: Throughout this Handlist the 'File Title' is, as closely as possible, a transcription of the title given by the creator of the file. Extra description of the file is given in square brackets. The Handlist and Index are a guide to the collection and not a comprehensive reflection of its contents.