Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah) (1850-1927)

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Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (1850-1927)
Skertchly, Sydney Barber Josiah (1850-1926)
Skertchly, Sydney Barber Josiah (1850-1927)
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Scientist; Botanist; Geologist
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Sydney Barber Josiah Skertchly (1850-1926), scientist, was born on 14 December 1850, at Ansty, Leicestershire, England, son of Joseph Skertchly, engineer, and his wife Sarah Moseley, née Barber. Befriended...

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Josiah Skertchly had a varied career in geology and botany in Britain, the United States and Asia before migrating to Queensland in 1891. While Assistant Geologist with the Geological Survey of Great Britain he made ground-breaking discoveries on the antiquity of human existence in Britain. Later in Australia he was probably the first successfully to apply stratigraphic principles to attempt to establish the age of Aboriginal occupation. In 1895 Skertchly became Assistant Government Geologist, Queensland Geological Survey. Alongside his professional duties he immersed himself in the scientific life of Queensland, serving as President of the Royal Society of Queensland and the Queensland Naturalists' Club as its foundation. Skertchly lectured widely and wrote on natural history and science for the "Brisbane Courier" and other publications. Although not an optometrist, Skertchly was elected a member of the Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians of Queensland in its foundation year 1908. He played a prominent role in advocating for improved educational standards and professional practice as embodies in the Queensland Opticians Act of 1917. In 1927 Skertchly's archaeological collections were purchased by the Queensland Museum.

  • Career position - Assistant Geologist to the Viceroy of Egypt
  • Career position - Member, Geological Society, London
  • Career position - Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of Great Britain
  • Life event - Migrated to Australia
  • Career position - Assistant Government Geologist, Queensland Geological Survey
  • Career position - President, Royal Society of Queensland
  • Career position - Founding President, Queensland Naturalists' Club
  • Career position - Member, Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians of Queensland
  • Career position - President of the examinations board, Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians of Queensland
  • Life event - Retired
  • Career position - President, Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians of Queensland

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  • (Corporate Body) Royal Society of Queensland (1884 - )

    <p>President 1898</p>

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Skertchly, Sydney Barber Josiah
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Skertchly, Sydney Barber Josiah (1850-1926), Scientist
    Marks, E.N.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 11, 621-622
  3. Sydney B. J. Skertchly and the early Pleistocene archaeology at the Queensland Museum
    Westaway, Michael C.
    Published: 2012
    Series: Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 22, 1, 14-8
  4. Sydney Barber Josiah Skertchly (1850 - 1926): scientist, educator and advocate for Queensland optometry
    Vincent, Stephen J.
    Published: 2017
    Series: Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 100, 402-6

Resources by Sydney B. J. Skertchly (16)

  1. The manufacture of gunflints / by Sydney B.J. Skertchly ; with an introduction by Seymour de Lotbiniere
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah), 1850-1927
    [ Book : 1879-1984 ]
    At 2 libraries
    The manufacture of gunflints / by Sydney B.J. Skertchly ; with an introduction by Seymour de Lotbiniere
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 112,568.109)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 112,568.109)

  2. The geology of the Fenland / by Sydney B. J. Skertchly. Pub. by order of the lords commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah), 1850-1927
    [ Book, Government publication : 1877 ]
    At CARM Centre
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 99,084.555)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 99,084.555)

  3. Above rubies : being an appeal on behalf of Queensland gem stones / by Sydney B.J. Skertchly
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah), 1850-1927
    [ Book : 1907 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 90,414.148)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 90,414.148)

  4. The origin of Australia / Sydney B. J. Skertchly
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah), 1850-1927
    [ Book : 1908 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 87,531.32)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 87,531.32)

  5. The story of the noble opal / by Sydney B.J. Skertchly
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah), 1850-1927
    [ Book : 1908 ]
    View online
    At 11 libraries
    The story of the noble opal / by Sydney B.J. Skertchly
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 87,047.602)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 87,047.602)

  6. On the manufacture of gun-flints, the methods of excavating for fling, the age of palæolithic man, and the connexion between neolithic art and the gun-flint trade. By Sydney B.J. Skertchly, F.G.S. Pub. by order of the lords commissioners of Her Majes ...
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. 1850-1927
    [ Book, Government publication : 1879 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
    View online
    At CARM Centre
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 76,522.266)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 76,522.266)

  7. Geological map of the County of Bentinck, district of Darling Downs : to accompany a report on the geology of the district around Stanthorpe, etc. by Sydney B.J. Skertchly / Geological Survey Office
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah), 1850-1927
    [ Map : 1897 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 75,180.156)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 75,180.156)

  8. Tin mines of Watsonville : and various tin, silver, copper, and gold mines at Herberton, Montalbion, Irvinebank, Muldiva, Calcifer, Chillagoe, California Creek, the Tate River, &c. : also geological notes on Myola, on the recovery of lost lodes, and ...
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah), 1850-1927
    [ Book : 1897 ]
    At 8 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,227.516)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,227.516)

  9. Report on the mining properties belonging to the Queensland mining, prospecting and investment company, no liability, Melbourne
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah), 1850-1927
    [ Book : 1898 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,074.773)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,074.773)

  10. The Fenland, past and present / by Samuel H. Miller, Sydney B.J. Skertchly
    Miller, Samuel H
    [ Book : 1878 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,074.289)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,074.289)

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  1. "THE OLD PROF." PASSES
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930) Friday 5 February 1926 p 6 Article Illustrated
    ... "THE OLD PROF." PASSES (By A.H.C.) I When Professor Sydney B. J. Skei't-j elily — "the old Prof ... Barber Josiah Skcrlohly bad 75 years to his charge, most of .Iheai having been crowded with- travel and ... 972 words
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  1. SCHEDULE 'B' National Memorials Ordinance 1928-1972 STREET NOMENCLATURE LIST OF ADDITIONAL NAMES WITH REFERENCE TO ORIGIN
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Special (National : 1977 - 2012) Wednesday 8 February 1978 p 2

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    ... 1927-31, Vice-president, Sydney Crippled Children's Society Artist, watercolours, miniatures, exhibited ... Victoria early 1850's, made fortune importing Panama and Cabbage-tree hats, Chairman of group selected to ... 13842 words
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  2. Examinations No. 1395. FOR APPOINTMENT AS JUNIOR. MECHANIC IN TRAINING, ALL STATES. HELD 3RD JULY, 1926, AND SUBSEQUENT LATES.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 30 September 1926 [Issue No.95] p 1602

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... by the number of marks obtained for (a) Arithmetic, and (b) Handwriting, and, where these numbers are ... Subjects. Wood Work. 100 50 I I Sheet | Metal Work. i 100 50 Total Marks. 550 NEW SOUTH WALES. Barber ... 2901 words
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  3. INDEX TO LIST OF PERMANENT OFFICERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE ON THE 1ST OF JANUARY, 1908. CENTRAL STAFFS.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Saturday 1 February 1908 [Issue No.6] p 445

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... , Charles Henry ... 3 13 Avdiill, Ernest John Langley 12 30 Ayrton, Alfred William ... 4 8 B. Bane, Ignatius ... , James ... ... 13 22 Conn, Cyril Herbert ... 10 9 Cook, George Sydney ... 4 4 C°oley, Hector William ... 76157 words
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  1. Genius of geological genesis: Professor Sydney B. J. Skertchly, 1850/ 1926
    Skertchly, Allan
    Northern Perspective
    [ Article : 1991 ]
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  1. Our island A naturalist's description of Hongkong : By Sydney B.J. Skertchly, .
    Skertchly, Sydney Barber Josiah, 1850-
    [ Microform, Book : 1893-1995 ]
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  2. The physical system of the universe An outline of physiography : By Sydney B.J. Skertchly, .
    Skertchly, Sydney Barber Josiah, 1850-
    [ Microform, Book : 1878-1997 ]
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  3. Our island : a naturalist's description of Hongkong / by Sydney B.J. Skertchly
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah), 1850-
    [ Book : 1893 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 565.458)

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  4. The physical system of the universe : an outline of physiography / by Sydney B.J. Skertchly
    Skertchly, Sydney B. J. (Sydney Barber Josiah)
    [ Book : 1878 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 530.395)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 530.395)