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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)

Griffith Taylor was born in London in 1880 and educated in Sydney and Cambridge. He joined the Australian Meteorological Service in 1910 as 'Physiographer'; before that he had spent some ten years travelling widely in scattered countries while engaged on geological and topographical surveys and expeditions.

He was essentially a geographer and geologist by training but with his accumulated experience over the years, he later branched out into other fields of the natural sciences. In particular, he devoted much of his time from 1922 in pursuing a subject which he called Cultural Geography and he applied the term Geo-pacifics to a new sub-division of this field. He continued, his journeying around the world for purposes of study mainly, (though he was a keen observer wherever he went) until his retirement in 1951.

Simultaneous with his application for a position with the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology, Taylor was negotiating for inclusion in Scott's Antarctic Expedition, for which he was accepted. Thus his first association with the Bureau lasted about 4 months in the latter part of 1910; the Australian authorities appointed him their Weather Service representative (with salary) with Scott, and he sailed for New Zealand in October. He spent some weeks of his short stay in Melbourne at the new Federal Capital site (then unnamed) making a rough topographical survey.

Taylor claims that 'Canberra' was one of the suggestions he made in an official report on the naming of the capital.

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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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