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George Grant Bond



Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10


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George Bond was born on October 23rd 1874, in Rockhampton, the first child of John Harmer and Isabella Bond, who married in the Presbyterian Church there on January 31st of that year. It had been a shipboard romance. Isabella was a Scottish lassie who, at the age of twenty, had set forth from Aberdeen in Scotland to join her older sister in Melbourne. She met and fell in love with an officer on the ship, John Harmer Bond, during the voyage.

Isabella Yeats was born in 1853 at Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland. Her mother's maiden name was 'Grant' and she was always very proud of her descent from the Grant Clan.


John Harmer Bond's personality and background were very different. His forebears were yeomen farmers in Norfolk, who, by the beginning of the 19th century had prospered and become part of the well-to-do educated middle class that had grown up in England after the Industrial Revolution. He was born in 1845 at Oxnead, a little north of Norwich, and spent much his childhood with his uncle, the Reverend Richard Bond B.A. who was rector at Pulham St Mary, south of Norwich.


In the eight years they resided in Rockhampton, three children were born—George Grant in October 1874, John Dalton in 1876 and Ellen in 1880.

In November 1882, John Harmer Bond received advice that he had been appointed as a Customs Officer at Normanton on the Gulf of Carpentaria.


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Spinks, D. and Haynes, I. 1986 'The Life of George Grant Bond Early Queensland Weather Forecaster', Metarch Papers, No. 3 October 1986, Bureau of Meteorology

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