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Walter Lawry Waterhouse CMG

Born: 31 August 1887, West Maitland, NSW

Died: 9 December 1969, Concord, NSW

Family: Father, John Waterhouse MA (USyd), teacher, headmaster (West Maitland and Sydney Boys’ High Schools), district inspector of schools; Mother, Hephzibah Lawry (dec. 29 October 1894, drowned with one daughter) (Walter 3rd child of 4 sons, 2 daughters)

Married: 6 September 1924, Epping, Dorothy Blair Hazelwood (3 daughters)

Education:
Dungog and Lithgow schools
1896 – 1900 Chatswood Public School, Sydney
1900 – 1903 Sydney Boys’ High School (gained the Junior Examination with matriculation)
1903 Physics at Sydney Technical College
1906 Hawkesbury Agricultural College, Richmond, NSW
1907 Diploma (H.D.A.) with Honours; Burdekin silver medal; numerous prizes
1911 University of Sydney (Agricultural Science)
1913 Farrer Research Scholarship
December 1914 BScAgr First Class Honours and the University Medal (early conferring because of WWI)
1915 Awarded 1851 Exhibition for study at Cambridge
After War convalescence, awarded the Walter and Eliza Hall Agricultural Research Fellowship by the University of Sydney to study cereal rusts in Australia
1919 Research at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London under Professor V.H. Blackman FRS
1921 Diploma (Imperial College)
1921 University of Minnesota, USA, worked with Elvin Charles Stakman, notable rust researcher
1929 PhD University of Sydney, first doctorate awarded in agriculture

Career:
1904 – 1905 2 years of office work with Parbury Henty’s (office boy, later ledger keeper)
Practical farm work in the Hunter River Valley (after time at Hawkesbury)
1908 – 1910 Headmaster, Methodist Mission Boys’ High School, Davuilevu, Fiji
1912 Student Demonstrator, Geology, University of Sydney
1915 Junior Demonstrator, Agricultural Bacteriology, University of Sydney
21 June 1915 Enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, Australian Imperial Force as a private in the infantry
December 1915 Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant
January 1916 Embarked for active service in Egypt and France
July 1916 Military Cross for “conspicuous gallantry in the capture of an aenemy’s strong post” at Pozieres
November 1916 Severely wounded in the shoulder at Flers
1917 Invalided back to Australia
1921 Lecturer, Agricultural Botany, University of Sydney
1923 Lectureship extended to plant pathology, genetics and plant breeding
1935 President, Linnean Society of NSW
1937 President, Royal Society of NSW
1939 President, Section K (agriculture), Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1937 Released the wheat varieties Hofed and Febweb
1937 Reader, Agriculture, University of Sydney
1938 and 1949 Farrer Memorial Medal
1943 Clarke Memorial Medal
1946 Research Professor, Agriculture, University of Sydney
1945 Released the variety Gabo which became the leading wheat variety grown in Australia and was also used in other countries, such as Mexico
1948 Royal Society of NSW Medal
1949 Australian Institute of Agricultural Science Medal
1952 James Cook Medal
December 1952 Retired
1954 Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1955 Appointed CMG
1956 First E.C. Stakman Award, University of Minnesota
1960 Fellow, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science

Publications
“The Effect of Superphosphates on the Wheat-yield in New South Wales, Science Bulletin, No.10, July, 1913 (results of research undertaken with Farrer Scholarship)

See University Archives Biography File No. 143 for an excellent biography and list of publications in Records of the Australian Academy of Science, Volume 2, No. 3 offprint (and other documents).