William H. Steele

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History

Legacy

World War One service recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.

See also

Ballarat Photographic Club

Notes

In July 1896 as a result of action by the School of Mines authorities, the technology for Rontgen X rays was introduced to Ballarat for use by the medical profession as well as a training aid for medical students. The director of the School, Frederick Martell Professors Alfred Mica Smith, G. J. Dawbarn and Prof. Purdie and Mr Huey Steele recently purchased two sets of tubes and fluorescent screens, and conducted experiments.[1]

On Wednesday night, 22nd July 1896 Mr Andrew Anderson, president of the Ballarat School of Mines, invited members of the council of the school among several other notables to witness a practical demonstration of the Rontgen xray process, following successful experiments by Frederick Martell, Samuel Ernest Figgis D. Mc'Dougall, and H. Murphy. Professors Alfred Mica Smith, G. J. Dawbarn and Prof. Purdie, and Mr Huey Steele; Dr Pinnock, DrOchiltree, Usher, Mitchell,' Hardy, Champion, Davies, Cussen, Herring, and Grace Vale, and several leading citizens. Mr. Anderson, who liberally provided refreshments, formally opened the proceedings, after which Professor Smith delivered an able lecturette relative to the theory of light. Mr Huey Steele then gave talk describing Crooke's a tube as employed in Rontgen’s researches. Experiments were then made, photographs being taken of a man’s hand which had been crushed, of a boy’s fingers which had been injured, of a lady’s injured foot, and of a lady’s hand into which a needle had penetrated.[2]

On July 31st 1896 during a meeting of the Ballarat Photographic Club Mr Steele, lecturer on electricity at the Ballarat School of Mines,gave a demonstration on the Rontgen Xray technology assisted by Mr McDougall. Those present were afforded the opportunity of seeing their own bones and hand radiographs were taken.[3] Steele and Prof.G. J. Dawbarn gave a demonstration of the Rontgen process, and showed lantern slides at the The annual exhibition of the Ballarat Amateur Photographic Club on Thursday the 17th September 1896 the Ballarat School of Mines.[4] Steele was awarded first prize in the competition for cloud photographs on Friday 26th November 1897.[5] and at the annual exhibition of the Ballarat Amateur Photographic Club in February 1898 he won 1st place in Open Class -Architecture —Interiors— and in Special Classes open only to members he won 2nd prize for retouched portrait.[6]

On Thursday 7th April 1898, Steele severed his connection with the institution, he having decided to enter the Presbyterian ministry. As a mark of the esteem in which he was held at the school, a presention of a handsome pair of field glasses was made to Mr Steele by the members of the staff. Professors Alfred Mica Smith and G. J. Dawbarn, Mr Frederick Martell, and Mr Walker, who made the presentation, accompanied the gift with a few kindly remarks.[7]

References

  1. THE NEW PHOTOGRAPHY. (1896, July 16). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 4. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207489190
  2. (1896, July 23). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 2. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207489590
  3. (1896, August 1). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 2. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207490062
  4. BALLARAT AMATEUR PHOTO-GRAPHIC CLUB. (1896, September 18). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 3. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207492723
  5. (1897, November 26). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 2. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215785744
  6. BALLARAT AMATEUR PHOTO-GRAPHIC CLUB. (1898, February 4). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 4. Retrieved September 2, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215789253
  7. (1898, April 8). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 2. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215221217

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--Beth Kicinski 14:13, 24 August 2013 (EST); --PMDonovan 21:31, 25 November 2016 (AEDT); --PMDonovan 15:13, 21 October 2016 (AEDT)

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