Todd, Charles, (Sir) (1826-1910)

Also known as
Todd, Charles, (FRS) (1826-1910)
Todd, Charles (1826-1910)
Field of activity
Astronomer; Meteorologist; Electrical Engineer
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Sir Charles Todd (1826-1910), astronomer, meteorologist and electrical engineer, was born on 7 July 1826 at Islington, London, second son of Griffith Todd, grocer and tea merchant of Greenwich. Educated...

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Sir Charles Todd was Government Astronomer, Superintendent of Telegraphs and later Postmaster-General, South Australia 1855-1906. Played an instrumental role in the construction of the Overland Telegraph between Adelaide and Darwin.

Born 7 July 1826. Died 29 January 1910. CMG 1872, KCMG 1893. Astronomical Computer, Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1841-47, Assistant Astronomer, Cambridge Observatory, 1847-54, Assistant, Greenwich, 1854-55, Astronomical Observer and Superintendent of Telegraphs, South Australia 1855-1870, Postmaster General of South Australia (in addition to Astronomical Observer and Superintendent of Telegraphs) 1870-1906. President, Astronomical Society of South Australia 1892-1910, President, Royal Society of South Australia 1882-83.

Todd became Superintendent of Telegraphs and Government Astronomer and Meteorologist in South Australia in 1855 at the age of 30. By 1858 he had completed telegraph links to Victoria and New South Wales and, by 1872, the overland telegraph to Darwin. As Superintendent of Telegraphs, he made it a duty of all his telegraph operators to make and transmit meteorological observations and he had soon established extensive observing networks throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory, and into Western Australia. Elected a Fellow, Royal Society of London in 1869, he played a leading role in the scientific life of South Australia, even after his formal retirement, until his death in 1909.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Todd, Charles
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Todd, Sir Charles (1826-1910), astronomer, meteorologist and electrical engineer
    Symes, G. W.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 6, 280-282
  3. The Overland Telegraph and Undersea Cable: Australia's First Electronic Information Network
    McCarthy, Gavan
    Published: 2001
    Series: Australasian Science, 22, 10, 46
  4. Charles Todd - supervised construction of Overland Telegraph Line
    Published: 1997
    Series: The 1997 Australian Science Festival
  5. Todd, Charles
    Published: Australian Science Archives Project, 1995
    Series: Physics in Australia to 1945
  6. The Origins of Australian Meteorology
    Gibbs, W. J.
    Published: 2001
    Series: Federation and Meteorology
  7. The Origins of Australian Meteorology , Metarch Papers No. 12
    Gibbs, W. J.
    Published: Bureau of Meteorology, 1998
  8. A Review of Meteorological Work in Australia
    Todd, C.
    Published: 1893
    Series: Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, v, 246-270
  9. Charles Todd's observations of the transit of Venus
    Edwards, P. G.
    Published: 2004
    Series: Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 7, 1-7
  10. Behind the legend: the many worlds of Charles Todd
    Cryle, Denis
    Published: Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, 2017
  11. Charles Todd and the Adelaide Observatory
    Edwards, P. G.
    Published: 1993
    Series: Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 10, 349-54
  12. From Outback Icon to Imperial Time Lord: "Reinventing" Sir Charles Todd (1910-2010)
    Cryle, Denis
    Published: 2011
    Series: Journal of Australian Studies, 35, 65-82
  13. Australia's Overland Telegraph Line 1870-1872
    Leybourne-Ward, N.
    Published: Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 1994
    Series: First Australasian Conference on Engineering Heritage 1994: Old Ways in a New Land; Preprints of Papers, 103-113
  14. Federation and Meteorology
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001
  15. Science and the making of Victoria
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001
  16. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

Resources by Charles Todd (42)

  1. Letter
    Todd, Charles Sir, 1826-1910
    [ Unpublished : 1855 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Sir Charles Todd
    Todd, Charles, Sir, 1826-1910
    [ Unpublished : 1855-1881 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  3. Letter
    Knuckey, Richard Randall, 1842-1914
    [ Unpublished : 1880 ]
    At National Library
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  4. Carriage clock presented to Sir Charles Todd
    [ Article : 1901 ]
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    At State Library S Aust
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  5. [Plan of the Overland telegraph line from Stevenshon Creek to Reynold Ranges, Central Australia]
    Crawford, Frazer S. (Frazer Smith), d. 1890
    [ Government publication, Map : 1874 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  6. Telegraphic enterprise in Australasia / [by Charles Todd]
    Todd, Charles Sir, 1826-1910
    [ Book : 1886 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  7. Meteorological observations made at the Adelaide Observatory, and other places in South Australia and the Northern Territory in 1905 / under the direction of Charles Todd
    Todd, Charles Sir, 1826-1910
    [ Book, Government publication : 1906 ]
    At Nat Met Library
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  8. Adelaide and Port Darwin telegraph : report by C. Todd on the construction and completion of the Adelaide and Port Darwin line of telegraph
    Todd, Charles, Sir, 1826-1910
    [ Government publication, Book : 1873 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 2 libraries
    Adelaide and Port Darwin telegraph : report by C. Todd on the construction and completion of the Adelaide and Port Darwin line of telegraph
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  9. British-Australian telegraph : correspondence between the Hon. Chief Secretary and the British-Australian Telegraph Company ... together with report by C. Todd
    Todd, Charles, Sir, 1826-1910
    [ Government publication, Article : 1871 ]
    At CDU Library
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  10. Meteorological observations made at the Adelaide Observatory during the year 1878 / under the direction of Charles Todd
    Todd, Charles, Sir, 1826-1910
    [ Book, Government publication : 1879 ]
    At NT Library
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  1. Letter
    Todd, Charles Sir, 1826-1910
    [ Unpublished : 1855 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Sir Charles Todd
    [ Photograph : 1872 ]
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    Sir Charles Todd
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  3. Sir Charles Todd
    [ Photograph : 1900 ]
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    At State Library S Aust
    Sir Charles Todd
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  4. Charles Todd
    [ Photograph : 1845 ]
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    Charles Todd
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  5. Charles Todd
    [ Photograph : 1894 ]
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    Charles Todd
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  6. Charles Todd
    [ Photograph : 1890 ]
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    Charles Todd
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  7. Sir Charles Todd
    [ Photograph : 1860 ]
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  8. Charles Todd
    [ Photograph : 1880 ]
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    Charles Todd
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  9. Charles Todd
    [ Photograph : 1872 ]
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  10. Sir Charles Todd with his grandchildren
    [ Photograph : 1904 ]
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    At State Library S Aust
    Sir Charles Todd with his grandchildren
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  4. Meteorological observations made at the Adelaide Observatory, and other places in South Australia and the Northern Territory, during the years ... under the direction of [Sir] Charles Todd
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  1. REGISTRATION OF TAX AGENTS. LIST, AS AT 30TH JUNE, 1956, OF PERSONS AND PARTNERSHIPS REGISTERED AS TAX AGENTS BY THE TAX AGENTS' BOARDS CONSTITUTED UNDER PART VIIA OF THE INCOME TA...
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 15 November 1956 [Issue No.67] p 3489

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    ... Charles (practising as L. C. Abbott & Barnett), Belmont Buildings, Berrigan. Abbott, Norman William, 42 ... -road, North Curl Curl. Allan, Ralph Wylie, 20 Russell-street, Five Dock. Alldis, Oliver Charles, 225 Forest ... 82927 words
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  2. AT THE COURT AT BALMORAL The 23rd day of August 1967 Present, THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 14 March 1968 [Issue No.23] p 1576

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... -General Sir Charles Henry Gairdner, K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., K.B.E., C.B., Chief Scout of Tasmania Major ... Bunning, Esquire The Honourable Sir Stanley Charles Burbury, K.B.E. Sir George James Coles, Knight, C ... 4402 words
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  3. NOTICES TO APPLICANTS FOR LEASES FOR MINING AND FOR PURPOSES IN CONNECTION WITH MINING; TO LESSEES UNDER SUCH LEASES, AND TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Wednesday 18 September 1912 [Issue No.135] p 5776

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    ... 1 21 Kiaadri 2 DREDGING LEASES, MIXING ACT, 1910. 88 126 W. II. M„rhn J. A. 1'aiker... X L o2 QL 19 ... another Torrington Wolfruui Proprietary (Limited.) Do Do W. II. Marty n ... Do * D. S. Todd B. Marquardt ... 5097 words
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  1. In the footsteps of Sir Charles Todd
    Trans Australia Airlines
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  3. Things to come
    Legend Films (Firm)
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  4. Around the world in 80 days
    Michael Todd Company
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    Languages: English;French;Spanish, [2 others]
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    Around the world in 80 days
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  1. Todd/Wood Family Tree
    Todd/Wood Family Tree
    Created by RosTodd, 309 items.

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  2. KEEP, Charles John, 1868-1938, mining agent.
    KEEP, Charles John, 1868-1938, mining agent.
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    Todd, Charles Edward, Dr, 1858-1917
    [ Unpublished : 1894-1900 ]
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  2. Letter from Sir Charles Todd to John Henniker Heaton, 12 December 1887
    Heaton, J. Henniker (John Henniker), 1848-1914
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  3. [Biographical cuttings on Charles Stuart Todd, Sir., Postmaster-General and Government Astronomer of S.A., containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  1. CHARLES TODD.
    The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) Thursday 18 April 1878 p 11 Article
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  2. LATE SIR CHARLES TODD
    Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) Friday 4 February 1910 p 7 Article
    ... LATE SIR CHARLES TODD Sir Charles Todd, who died in Ade-laide on Saturday, did good work for his ... the antipodes, but not alone. It is interesting to note that on his wedding day Sir Charles Todd was ... 2287 words
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  3. SIR CHARLES TODD.
    Quiz (Adelaide, SA : 1900 - 1909) Thursday 22 November 1900 p 3 Article Illustrated
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    [ Data set : 1908 ]
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    Australian Geographical Society; by PAULINE STUBBS
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    Cleland, J. B. Sir, (John Burton), 1878-1971
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  2. Picturesque atlas of Australasia. edited by Andrew Garran
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