Browse Entries

Use Trove to find more resources by/about this Biographical entry

  • Trove

Exhibitions

  • Adolph Basser Library Manuscript Collection

Biographical entry Howchin, Walter (1845 - 1937)

Born
12 January 1845
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Died
27 November 1937
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Geologist

Summary

Walter Howchin was a Methodist minister whose interest in geology began while serving as minister in parishes in the Tyne Valley, United Kingdom, before coming to Australia in 1881. The geology of South Australia absorbed his attention after arriving in Adelaide. His research resulted in the first subdivision of the Adelaide Geosyncline succession and recognition of late Precambrian glaciation. He taught for over 30 years at the South Australian School of Mines and Industry and the University of Adelaide. Having been made an Honorary Professor at the University in 1918 he retained that title after his retirement in 1920. Howchin published prolifically, among his most important publications being a series of papers of the glacial rocks of the Mount Lofty Ranges, and the books The geology of South Australia (1918) and The stone implements of the Adelaide tribe of Aborigines (1934).

Details

Events

1864 - 1881
Career position - Minister in Tyne Valley, United Kingdom
1878 - 1937
Award - Fellow, Geological Society of London
1881
Life event - Migrated to South Australia
1883 - 1937
Career position - Member, Royal Society of South Australia
1886 - 1901
Career position - Secretary, Adelaide Children's Hospital
1889 - 1904
Career position - Lecturer, South Australian School of Mines and Industry
1895 - 1896
Career position - President, Royal Society of South Australia
1902 - 1918
Career position - Lecturer in Geology and Palaeontology, University of Adelaide
1907
Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1913
Award - Mueller Medal, Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science
1918 - ?
Career position - Honorary Professor, University of Adelaide
1920
Life event - Retired
1929
Award - Sir Joseph Verco Medal, Royal Society of South Australia
1934
Award - Lyell Medal, Geological Society of London
1964
Career event - Ordained as Methodist Minister

Related Awards

Related Corporate Bodies

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Walter Howchin - Records, 1885 - 1920, MS 008; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide

  • Douglas Mawson - Records, 1887 - 1956, MSS 0009; Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide. Details
  • Walter Howchin - Records, 1865 - 1921, SR 92 H853p; Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide. Details

South Australian Museum Archives

  • Walter Howchin - Records, 1933 - 1934; South Australian Museum Archives. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Royal Society of South Australia - Records, 1853 - 1969, SRG 10; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Branagan, David F., 'Some Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Australian Geological Clerics' in Geology and Religion: a History of Harmony and Hostility (London: Geological Society of London, 2009), pp. 171-96. Details
  • Ludbrook, N. H., 'Howchin, Walter (1845-1937), Geologist and Clergyman' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 9 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1983), pp. 377-378. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090378b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Andrews, E.C., 'The Heroic Period of Geological Work in Australia.', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, lxxvi (1942), 96-128. Details
  • Cooper, Barry J., '"Snowball Earth": the Early Contribution from South Australia', Earth Sciences History, 29 (2010), 121-45. Details
  • Howchin, W., 'Growth of Scientific Knowledge [in South Australia]. in Centerary History of South Australia', Royal Geographical Society of Australia (1936), 316-350. Details
  • Selby, Jonathan, 'Walter Howchin (1845 - 1937)', Terra nova, 3 (5) (1991), 568-70. Details

Resources

Resource Sections

See also

  • Cooper, Barry J. and Jago, James B., 'Early Understanding of the Cambrian in South Australia: 1839-1910', in The History of Geology in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century; the Story in Australia, and in Victoria, from Selwyn and McCoy to Gregory - 1853 to 1903 edited by Pierson, R. R. (Melbourne: Earth Sciences History Group, GSA Inc., 2007), pp. 20-5.. Details

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn