Great Barrier Reef Committee

Hopley, David (2011) Great Barrier Reef Committee. In: Hopley, David, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs: structure, form and process. Encyclopedia of Earth Science . Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 503-504.

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[Extract] In 1922, the Queensland branch of the Royal Geographical Society of Australia set up the Great Barrier Reef Committee following an address to the Society by the Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Queensland, Henry Richards. The address, entitled "Problems of the Great Barrier Reef" highlighted the need for scientific investigation of the Reef and followed a visit by Richards to America to attend the Pan-Pacific Scientific Conference where, among others, he met W.M. Davis (Hill, 1985a, b; Jones, 1974; Bowen and Bowen, 2002).

Membership of the Committee was through invited nominations from the Government and Academic institutions in Australia and elsewhere. However, disagreements with the parent body, the Royal Geographical Society led to a separation of the Committee in 1924 although it incongruously maintained the title of Committee. Initial funding came from the Queensland Government and Universities of Sydney and Queensland and further valuable support came from the provision of places on survey vessels of the fledgling Australian Navy and the Commonwealth steamer that serviced the many lighthouses on the reefs and islands.

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ISBN: 978-90-481-2639-2
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 02:36
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