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Biographical entry Woolnough, Walter George (1876 - 1958)

15 January 1876
Brushgrove, New South Wales, Australia
28 September 1958
Northbridge, New South Wales, Australia


Walter Woolnough taught geology at the University of Sydney from 1898 and at the University of Adelaide until 1912. He was the first Professor of Geology, University of Western Australia 1913-1919 and geological advisor to the Commonwealth of Australia 1927-1941.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Walter George Woolnough - Records, 1922 - 1924, Uncatalogued MSS set 491; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Walter George Woolnough - Records, 1894 - 1940, MS 4667; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources


  • Glover, John with Bevan, Jenny, The Forgotten Explorers: Pioneer geologists of Western Australia, 1826-1926 (Victoria Park, W.A.: Hesperian Press, 2010), 246 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Branagan, D. F., 'Woolnough, Walter George (1876-1958), Geologist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie, ed., vol. 12 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1990), pp. 572-573. Details
  • Oldroyd, David R., 'Griffith Taylor, Ernest Andrews et al: Early Ideas on the Development of the River Systems of the Sydney Region, Eastern Australia, and Subsequent Ideas on the Associated Geomorphological Problems' in History of Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology, Grapes, R. H., Oldroyd, D. R. and Grigelis, A., eds (London: Geological Society, 2008), pp. 241-77. Details

Journal Articles

  • Browne, W. R., 'Obituary: Dr. W. G. Woolnough', Australian Journal of Science, 21 (5) (1958), 135-136. Details


McCarthy, G.J.