Todd Symposium - Science Week 2012

Six of South Australia's professional and specialist societies came together to honour the legacy of Sir Charles Todd who was a foundation member in each of their professions. Marking the 140th anniversary of the completion of the Overland Telegraph, the Symposium also hosted a Todd family reunion. Six speakers summarised Todd’s contribution to their area of science and technology while two historians talked about Todd the person and his historical milieu. The 8 videos of the Symposium can be viewed here.   

Todd Weather Folios 1879-1909

Charles Todd and his meteorological staff maintained daily weather folios for 32 years, between 1879-1909.  A volunteer group imaged them to make a complete online record of all 11,000 pages.  The folios contain daily Australian synoptic charts, sometimes encompassing New Zealand, and clippings of newspaper articles, telegraphic and handwritten information about the weather mainly in east and south-eastern Australia, with occasional reference to other parts of Australasia and the world.  The folios represent a detailed contemporary view of weather of the day as determined by South Australia's weather professionals, and as detailed mainly in the press of the day.

Todd’s Adelaide

Todd’s Adelaide is a location-based mobile adventure in development. When completed, players will re-discover the life and work of Sir Charles Todd through an experiential trail in the heart of Adelaide. It contains 17 location-based displays covering the highlights of Todd’s professional and civic activities. It was launched at The Science Exchange (RiAus) during History Month 2014 in South Australia.  Instructions on how to play can be found HERE

Todd in Wikipedia

The entry for Sir Charles Todd in Wikipedia is being updated as research comes to hand. It will be a concise introduction to the essential professional and personal lives of the man.  

Todd Biography

The only full biography of Sir Charles Todd was written by Emeritus Professor Denis CRyle of Central Queensland University: ‘Telegraph’ Todd became a legend in his own lifetime for introducing Australian colonists to a new information age. But only recently has the full extent of his many and varied achievements come to light. Now for the first time, Denis Cryle recounts the whole story of Todd’s remarkable life and legacy. In a world of technological change and scientific innovation, his dynamic example remains as potent as ever. Available through Dymocks bookstores or click the image to buy online.