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Angus, William (1871 - 1965)

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Born: 4 June 1871  Keithhall, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  Died: 15 May 1965  Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
William Angus arrived in South Australia in 1904 to be Professor (later Director) of Agriculture and secretary to the Minister of Agriculture. He resigned in 1910 but maintained a high public profile advocating scientific farming and teaching in this area. Before coming to Australia he taught at Stirling High School, Knox Institute (Haddington), West of Scotland Agricultural College (Glasgow), and Yorkshire College (Leeds) and was Principal at Cheshire County Council Agricultural College (Holmes Chapel). During his first few years in Australia, lectured to farmers, published numerous articles and taught and examined at Roseworthy Agricultural College. From 1934 to 1944 he taught at Scotch College where he reorganized the agricultural science course, established a model farm and planted a small orchard. William Angus also spent many years farming where he experimented with different growing practices and crops including wheat, potatoes and manures.

Career Highlights

1900Bachelor of Science (BSc (Agriculture)) completed at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland
1904Migrated to Australia (South Australia)
c. 1904 - c. 1906Professor, later Director of Agriculture and Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture
1906 - 1907Head of the departments of Fruit, Dairying, Poultry and Veterinary Affairs
1912 - 1915Member of the House of Assembly for Victoria and Albert
1913Chair of a Royal Commission on Aborigines
1915 - 1921Member of the House of Assembly for Albert
1916Chair of a Royal Commission on Aborigines
1918Member of the commission on the acquisition and disposal of wheat
1918 - 1919Chair of a Royal Commission on the wheat scheme and rural industries
1920Chairman of committees
1921 - Experimental wheat farming at at Loxton, Hackham, Gumeracha, and Gilberton, South Australia
1921Chair of a Royal Commission on the wheat scheme and rural industries
1934 - 1944Teacher at Scotch College in Mitcham, South Australia


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 24 May 2006

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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