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Todd, Charles (1826 - 1910)

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Astronomer and Meteorologist
Born: 7 July 1826  Islignton, England.  Died: 29 January 1910  Semaphore, South Australia, Australia.
(Sir) Charles Todd was Government Astronomer, Superintendent of Telegraphs and later Postmaster-General, South Australia 1855-1906. Played an instrumental role in the construction of the Overland Telegraph between Adelaide and Darwin.

Career Highlights
Born 7 July 1826. Died 29 January 1910. CMG 1872, KCMG 1893. Astronomical Computer, Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1841-47, Assistant Astronomer, Cambridge Observatory, 1847-54, Assistant, Greenwich, 1854-55, Astronomical Observer and Superintendent of Telegraphs, South Australia 1855-1870, Postmaster General of South Australia (in addition to Astronomical Observer and Superintendent of Telegraphs) 1870-1906. President, Astronomical Society of South Australia 1892-1910, President, Royal Society of South Australia 1882-83.

Todd became Superintendent of Telegraphs and Government Astronomer and Meteorologist in South Australia in 1855 at the age of 30. By 1858 he had completed telegraph links to Victoria and New South Wales and, by 1872, the overland telegraph to Darwin. As Superintendent of Telegraphs, he made it a duty of all his telegraph operators to make and transmit meteorological observations and he had soon established extensive observing networks throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory, and into Western Australia. Elected a Fellow, Royal Society of London in 1869, he played a leading role in the scientific life of South Australia, even after his formal retirement, until his death in 1909. A Hundred Years of Science and Service, Bureau of Meteorology, 2001.

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