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Biographical entry Tindale, George Barrand (1903 - 1977)

20 October 1903
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
21 May 1977
Sherbrooke, Victoria, Australia
Agricultural scientist and Horticulturalist


George Tindale was the first full-time researcher in Australia in the field of cool-storage of fruit. In his work for the Victorian Department of Agriculture, Tindale devised experiments, obtained essential scientific equipment and established contact with the horticultural industry. Experimenting with ceiling-mounted coils and brine recirculation allowed him to achieve precise temperature control and high humidity conditions. These methods were adopted widely in numerous Victorian cool stores. Tindale's work contributed substantially to the increase in Victoria's fruit export trade. In addition he provided advice to growers of numerous horticultural products in adopting new storage practices and developing export trades. In 1958 he acquired the property Pallants Hill in the Dandenong Ranges, where the native trees had been underplanted with exotics such as Rhododendron and Camellia. He developed this into one of the finest gardens in the district: it is now the George Tindale Memorial Garden and open to the public.



Education - BAgSc, University of Melbourne
1926 - 1956
Career position - Research Officer, Victorian Department of Agriculture
1956 - 1968
Career position - Leader of the post-harvest section, Horticultural Research Station, Victorian Department of Agriculture
Life event - Retired

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  • Peggie, Ian D., 'Tindale, George Barrand (1903-1977), Agricultural Scientist and Horticulturist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie and Diane Langmore, eds, vol. 16 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002), pp. 397-398. Details


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