Walter George Woolnough

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Walter George Woolnough (15 January 1876 – 28 September 1958) was an Australian geologist.[1]

Woolnough was born in Brushgrove, Grafton, New South Wales, and attended Sydney Boys High School (1888-1890),[2] Newington College (1893-1894) [3] and the University of Sydney. In 1897, as an undergraduate, he accompanied Edgeworth David's expedition to Funafuti Atoll, where Charles Darwin's theory of the formation of coral reefs was tested.

Woolnough lectured in geology at the University of Sydney from 1898 and then at the University of Adelaide until 1912. He was the first Professor of Geology, University of Western Australia from 1913 to 1919 and geological advisor to the Commonwealth of Australia 1927-41.

Woolnough was awarded the Clarke Medal by the Royal Society of New South Wales in 1933.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Woolnough, Walter George (1876 - 1958) Australian Dictionary of Biography Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  2. ^ Sydney a Boys High School Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  3. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 221
  4. ^ Woolnough, Walter George (1876 - 1958) Bright Sparcs, University of Melbourne

Preceded by
Harold Curlewis
Schofield Scholarship
Dux of Newington College

Succeeded by
George Harker
Preceded by
Frederick Chapman
Clarke Medal
Succeeded by
Edward Sydney Simpson