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Biographical entry Maitland, Andrew Gibb (1864 - 1951)

Born
30 November 1864
Birkby, Yorkshire, England
Died
27 January 1951
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Geologist

Summary

Andrew Gibb Maitland was a geologist and authority on underground water in Western Australia (WA) for around thirty years. Prior to this he worked on the 1888 Geological Survey of Queensland. As Western Australia's Government Geologist, Maitland established the Geological Survey of Western Australia, located water bores between Geraldton and North West Cape, surveyed and mapped the Pilbara region and parts of the Kimberley. All in all, almost half the State had been geographically mapped during his reign. Gibb River and Maitland Range in the Kimberley were named after him, as are several species of invertebrate fossils. Maitland also received numerous other honours and awards including the Mueller Medal from ANZAAS (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science).

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Events

1888
Career position - Second Assistant Geologist to the Geological Survey of Queensland
1891
Career position - Geological examination of British New Guinea
1896 - c. 1926
Career position - Government Geologist in Western Australia
1898
Career position - Bibliography of the Geology of Western Australia published
1901
Career position - Geologist on the Drake-Brockman expedition to the Kimberley
1903
Career position - Surveying and mapping the Pilbra area
1915 -
Career position - Honorary member of the Royal Society of New South Wales
1915
Career position - President of the Mueller Botanic Society of Western Australia/The Royal Society of Western Australia
1924
Award - ANZAAS Mueller Medal received (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)
1925
Career position - President of the Mueller Botanic Society of Western Australia/The Royal Society of Western Australia
1926
Life event - Retired
1927
Award - Clarke Memorial Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1937
Award - Kelvin Memorial Medal received from the Mueller Botanic Society of Western Australia/The Royal Society of Western Australia

Published resources

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Andrews, E.C., 'The Heroic Period of Geological Work in Australia.', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. lxxvi, 1942, pp. 96-128. Details
  • Clarke, E. de C., 'Obituary: Andrew Gibb Maitland', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 13, no. 5, 1951, pp. 144-145. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.