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Biographical entry Wade, Robert Thompson (1884 - 1967)

8 October 1884
Dublin, Ireland
23 September 1967
Eastwood, New South Wales, Australia


Robert Wade taught science at several private schools in Sydney and was Headmaster of Headfort College, Killara, which he founded, from 1918-1928 and of Broughton School for Boys, Newcastle from 1938-1940. He collected and described fossil fish and brought Australian Mesozoic fishes into relationship with one another.


Born 8 October 1884. Died 23 September 1967. Educated Universities of Sydney (BA 1905, MA 1924) and Cambridge (PhD 1931). Science teacher, Barker College 1905-1910, senior master ca 1910-17, acting headmaster 1917, founded Headfort College 1918-28, senior science master, The King's School 1928-29, doctoral studies on vertebrate palaeontology, Clare College, Cambridge 1930-31, teacher, Challows School, Devon and Sutton Vallance School, Kent 1932-35, headmaster, Broughton School for boys, Newcastle 1938-40, The King's School 1941-49. Published 6 papers on Triassic and Jurassic fishes in the "Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales" 1930-53.

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  • Walsh, G. P., 'Wade, Robert Thompson (1884-1967), Palaeichthyologist, Clergyman and Schoolmaster', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 344-345. Also available at Details

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