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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)

He retired in 1951 and returned to Australia to a home in Seaforth near Sydney. Occasionally he would visit me at the Sydney Divisional Office, for some information and a chat about the days he spent at Central Office in Melbourne. He remembered one man in particular, Henry Barkley whom he described as a 'promising young meteorologist'. Could it be that his memory arose from the fact that Barkley, like himself, had his main interest in Geography before joining the Bureau of Meteorology? Taylor's last visit to me at Sydney was in 1958 and on that occasion he left with me a memoir describing his journey in 1948 from Hobart to Darwin, with all the geological and topographical features.

Taylor returned to Sydney in time to attend the 1952 Canberra meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science.

He was President of the Geography Section and I was present at his Presidential address. About that time, oil had been discovered in the Exmouth Gulf area of Western Australia and its shares in the Stock Exchange were booming. If anyone in the audience that day held some of these shares, he would have felt inclined, after hearing a geologist's assessment of position, to unload his shares as soon as possible.

Taylor died in Sydney in November 1963 after a busy life in which his work gained world-wide recognition, and during which his published books numbered 37 in addition to many brochures, mainly reprints from the proceedings of various scientific societies.

September 1969

J. Hogan

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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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