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Biographical entry Francis, George

Assayer and Chemist


George Francis was an analytical chemist and Fellow of the Chemical Society who, after arriving in South Australia in 1850, was engaged in various enterprises including mineral exploration and food production. In the late 1870s he was engaged by the colonial Government to investigate the poisoning of sheep around Lake Alexandrina. He determined the cause to be toxic blue-green algal blooms. Francis continued his investigations into South Australia's water supply into the 1880s.



Life event - Settled in South Australia

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Codd, Geoffrey A., Morton, Hayley and Baker, Peter D., 'George Francis: a pioneer in the investigation of the quality of South Australia's drinking water sources (1878-1883)', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 139 (2) (2015), 164-70. Details

Helen Cohn