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Colson, Edmund Albert (Ted) (1881 - 1950)

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Anthropologist and Explorer
Born: 3 June 1881  Richmans Creek, South Australia, Australia.  Died: 27 February 1950  Balaklava, South Australia, Australia.
Edmund Albert (Ted) Colson was founder of Colson trading Co. (Northern Territory) and an outback explorer. His explorations were many and he pioneered new routes through central Australia. These included the crossing of the Simpson Desert and reaching the Queensland – Northern Territory – South Australian boarder known as Poeppel’s Corner. Many of Ted Colson’s explorations were driven by his strong interest in the Aboriginal tribes. He taught himself many of their dialects, customs and rites.

Career Highlights

1896Arrived at the Norseman goldfields in Western Australia
1917Moved to Victoria
c. 1918 - c. 1926Worked on the Maroondah dam construction
1926 - Established a motor transport service between Healsville and Melbourne
1927Worked on Oodnadatta railway extension in South Australia
1928Exploration west of Goyder Rover in South Australia
1930Guide and Cameleer on Michael Terry's expeditions from Petermann to Tomkinson ranges
1931Established a sheep farm and general store at Blood Creek station in Abminga, South Australia
1936Exploration east of Blood Creek to Poeppel's Corner


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Annette Alafaci
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 29 January 2007

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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