William Baragwanath

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Baragwanath's Geology Certificate Reference.


Biographical Details

Born 1 August 1878 at Durham Lead, Victoria, Australia. Died 20 September 1966. OBE 1952. Educated Ballarat School of Mines (geology certificate 1911).

Baragwanath joined the Victorian Department of Mines in 1897 and was Chief Mining Surveyor 1924-43. He accumulated much of the data on the La Trobe Valley brown-coal region, used later by the State Electricity Commission to establish the Yallourn open-cut mine and power-house.

Articled land and mining surveyor (to Robert Allan), assisting with topographic and underground surveys at Maldon, Daylesford and Ballarat 1894-97; Department of Mines 1897-1922, studying part time to pass the land surveyor's and mining surveyor's examinations 1902-03; director of the geological survey 1922-24; chief mining surveyor 1924-32; secretary for mines 1932-34; chief mining surveyor 1934-43; consultant to the Department of Mines 1943-50. President, Royal Society of Victoria 1943-44,

In 1915, Baragwanath was a member of the Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club.[1]

Office Bearers of the Ballarat School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club, 1915. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 7749)
William Baragwanath and the Ballarat School of Mines Student's Association Committee, 1910. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection
back row: H. Conran, H. Caulfield, V. Millington, L. Middleton, V. Tucker, William Baragwanath (slightly forward), C. Stubbs, W. Geddard, J. Sampson
Ernest S. Anderson, B. Whittington, Prof. Alfred Mica Smith, A.D. Gilchrist, E.C. Hurdsfield
Sitting from left: R.J. Moore, C.C. Corrie; Absent, Les Coulter, Ray Blight, H. Cornell.

University of Ballarat connection

William Baragwanath received a certificate of Competency as a Geologist from the Ballarat School of Mines in 1911. He was a member of the Ballarat School of Mines Council from 1916, and his resignation was accepted with regret in 1953.

See also

Ballarat School of Mines

Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club



  1. Minute Book of the Ballarat School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club, 1915-1918.

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