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Biographical entry Clayton, Eric Elwin Samuel (Sam) (1896 - 1987)

27 July 1896
Orange, New South Wales, Australia
4 January 1987
Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
Soil conservationist


Sam Clayton was posted to several State agricultural stations throughout New South Wales after his discharge from the A.I.F. in 1919. He became outspoken on the problems of soil erosion and was appointed in 1933 to the newly-established Soil Conservation Committee. Following an 8-month study trip to Europe and North America in 1936 he published The problem of soil erosion (1937). Clayton drafted the Soil Conservation Act, 1938, and was first Director of the New South Wales Soil Conservation Service. In 1984 he was awarded the inaugural Sir William McKell Medal for excellence in the promotion of soil conservation in Australia.



Education - Graduated from Hawkesbury Agricultural College, New South Wales
1915 - 1916
Career position - Staff member, Cowra Experiment Farm, Department of Agriculture, New South Wales
1916 - 1919
Career position - Service with the Australian Imperial Forces
1933 - 1938?
Career position - Member, New South Wales Soil Erosion Committee
1938 - 1949
Career position - Director, New South Wales Soil Conservation Service
1949 - 1961
Career position - Commissioner, Conservation Authority of New South Wales
Life event - Retired
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Award - Inaugural Sir William McKell Medal, Natural Resources Ministerial Council

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