Discovering Australia’s first weather record

As a young American researcher working in Australia in the late 1970s, Robert McAfee made a startling discovery that would have a huge impact on Australian Climate History research, the weather diary of Lieutenant William Dawes. This is his story. When I was a grad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison I received a telegram … Continue reading Discovering Australia’s first weather record

Don Garden releases climate history book

The SEARCH project team is excited to announce that our project's Environmental Historian, Assoc. Prof. Don Garden has just released his book Droughts, Floods and Cyclones; El Ninos that shaped our colonial past. The book is a comprehensive study of El Nino events in colonial Australia, examining how colonists came to understand their climate and … Continue reading Don Garden releases climate history book

Claire Fenby’s NLA research trip report

The months of January and February have marked the first of a number of research trips to come during my PhD. I have spent four weeks in Canberra working with our project partner, the National Library of Australia. adobe creative cloud . The library treated me to the privileges enjoyed by the NLA's 2010 summer … Continue reading Claire Fenby’s NLA research trip report

In the media: First settlers battled weather extremes

Australia's first European settlers had good reason to complain about the weather, according to a landmark Australian climate history project. Lead academics on the SEARCH project, Dr Joelle Gergis and Prof David Karoly recently conducted an analysis of the journals of Lieutenant William Dawes, outlining temperature conditions at Sydney Harbour in the early days of … Continue reading In the media: First settlers battled weather extremes