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Biographical entry Maxwell, Walter (1854 - 1931)

14 June 1854
Paradise, Durham, England
9 July 1931
Conway, New Hampshire, Egypt
Agricultural scientist


Walter Maxwell was brought to Australia from the United States of America to report on the sugar industry in Queensland. His 1900 report recommended that research stations be established to further the industry. One was established in Mackay and Maxwell was appointed its Director. He remained in Australia for ten years and completed three other reports for the Commonwealth. Maxwell left Australia in 1910 and went on to study the sugar industry in the Philippines for the United States Department of Agriculture and was Government Advisor to Britain during World War I.



1893 - c. 1895
Career position - Research into sugar-cane juice at Audubon Park Sugar Experiment Station in Louisiana, USA
1895 - c. 1900
Career position - Inaugural Director of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association's Experiment Station, USA
Career position - Visited Australia to report on the Sugar industry in Queensland for the Minister of Agriculture
1900 - 1910?
Career position - Director of the sugar experiment station established in Queensland
Career position - Commonwealth Government Advisor on the cane sugar industry
1904 - 1910
Career position - Comptroller of Bureau of Central Sugar Mills
Career position - Commonwealth Government Advisor on the sugar bonus scheme
1907 - 1910
Career position - Honorary Technical Advisor to the Australian Sugar Producers' Association
Career position - Commonwealth Government Advisor on the cane sugar industry
Life event - Left Australia

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Kerr, J. D., 'Maxwell, Walter (1854-1931), Agricultural Scientist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 460-461. Also available at Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.