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Biographical entry Knibbs, George Handley (1858 - 1929)

CMG, Ktcr

Born
13 June 1858
Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
Died
30 March 1929
Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Statistician

Summary

Sir George Knibbs was the first Commonwealth Statistician (1906-1921) and a Director of the Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry (1921-1926). He was responsible for the production of the Commonwealth Year Book, first published in 1908, and had an international reputation for his work in vital statistics. With J. W. Turner, he was appointed Commissioner for a 1902 Royal Commission into New South Wales Education.

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Events

1879 - 1889
Career position - Licensed Surveyor within the Trigonometrical and General Survey Department of New South Wales
1881
Career position - President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
1889 - 1905
Career position - Lecturer in Ggeodesy, Astronomy and Hydraulics at the University of Sydney
1892
Career position - President of the Institution of Surveyors
1893
Career position - President of the Institution of Surveyors
1900
Career position - President of the Institution of Surveyors
1902
Career position - Co-Commissioner of the Royal Commission into New South Wales Education
1903 - 1905
Career position - President of the Society of Child Study in New South Wales
1905 - 1906
Career position - Director of Technical Education in New South Wales
1906 - 1921
Career position - Commonwealth Statistician
1911
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1921 - 1926
Career position - Director of the Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry
1923
Career position - President of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science
1923
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt cr)

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Bambrick, Susan, 'Knibbs, Sir George Handley (1858-1929)', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 620-621. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090623b.htm. Details
  • Knibbs, G. H., 'The history and development of the statistical system of Australia', in Koren, J. (ed.), The history of statistics, their development and progress in many countries, Macmillan, New York, 1918, pp. 55-81. Details

Journal Articles

  • Ashton, R. L., 'George Handley Knibbs, 1858-1929', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 21, 1959, pp. 170-173. Details
  • Bambrick, Susan, 'First Commonwealth Statistician: Sir George Knibbs', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 102, no. 2, 1969, pp. 127-135. Details
  • Heyde, C. C., 'Official statistics in the late colonial period leading on to the work of the first Commonwealth Statistician, G. H. Knibbs', Australian Journal of Statistics, vol. 30, B, 1988, pp. 23-43. Details
  • Knibbs, G.H., 'Note on Recent Determinations of the Viscosity of Water by the Efflux Method', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 30, Acting Government Printer, Sydney, 1896, pp. 186-193. Details
  • Speed, T. P., 'The role of statisticians in CSIRO: past, present and future', Australian Journal of Statistics, vol. 30, B, 1988, pp. 15-34. Details
  • Wickens, C. H., 'Sir George Knibbs', Economic Record, vol. 5, 1929, pp. 334-5. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.