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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

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One wonders where in this welter of activity he found time for other meteorological interests—let alone a private life—but the Courier of the 17th September 1898 reports that he delivered a lecture in Warwick describing the way in which he prepared his forecasts, and that he 'held the large audience captive for two and a half hours'.[4] Also, for a number of years around the turn of the century, he edited Wragge's Almanac (subtitled Weather Guide for Land and Sea) which was published annually, with illustrated articles on meteorology, with titles such as 'Picture of a Typical Antarctic Storm' and 'A Typical High Pressure Nucleus or Anti-cyclone'.[5]

Again in 1901 he visited Europe for a World Meteorological Conference, held in Paris. While he was there, he heard of an experiment recently conducted in Australia by Albert Steiger, in which vertically pointed guns had been fired at the clouds to induce rainfall, apparently, it was considered, with some success. The terrible drought of 1902 in western Queensland, encouraged Wragge to try the experiment at Charleville. He bought six of the specially made Steiger Vortex guns, with money provided by the Queensland Government and members of the public, but had to admit that the experiment was a failure, and he received a storm of criticism.

So at least, if the daily grind for the staff left to cope at the little Queensland Weather Bureau was uninspiring, their day was often brightened by the colourful doings of their Chief. George Bond in those years had much to learn, and he soon proved himself a conscientious worker with an enquiring mind, eager to acquire the necessary scientific knowledge which had not been adequately provided in his formal education. Only a year after he began work at the Weather Bureau, came the still unparalleled 1893 flood, during which, he remembered in later years, he was ferried across Queen Street to reach the Office, landing on the Post Office steps, and made similar aquatic journeys to take the reading of the instruments on Wickham Terrace.

People in Bright Sparcs - Bond, George Grant; Wragge, Clement Lindley

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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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