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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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Chapter 2

So from the heat and humidity of Rockhampton, the family set sail for the even more unbearable climate of Normanton, and all the discomforts and disadvantages of a small outpost in tropical north Queensland.


The hot humid summer was well under way when John Harmer Bond arrived in Normanton with his family, to take up his duties in November 1882. After eight summers in Rockhampton, they would no doubt have a good understanding of the type of clothes they would need, and the type of heat they would have to endure. To George, at the age of eight, the long sea voyage and the arrival at the little township, must have been all part of a big adventure. His father was to assume the duties of Tide Waiter within the Customs Department, which would entail meeting arriving ships and taking declarations from the Captain regarding cargo, and recording tide levels, which governed the departure time of all vessels.


People in Bright Sparcs - Bond, George Grant

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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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