We are hoping to be able to identify the various people who are with George Dodwell in some of these photographs. Any help which can be offered is appreciated.


Dodwell young

George Dodwell as a young man


Dodwell academic

George Dodwell, student


Dodwell first marriage

A wedding photo of George Dodwell with his first wife, Annie Louise Trehea, at St. Peter's Cathedral. Annie died of cancer not long after, leaving no children.



George Dodwell standing on the far right. This may be the same surveying team who established the boundary below. Date of photo unknown.


boundary team

The electronic equipment shown on the bottom left of the above photograph is part of the wireless equipment which linked this field station with Greenwich and other observatories at the same time in order to establish the boundary between Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Dodwell is seated, on the right. This was the first time radio signals had been used for this purpose.



Fixing a boundary

Above is part of the newspaper coverage of this event in 1921.


Dodwell family

George Dodwell, his second wife, Annie Christina Uff, and their four sons. Peter is standing on the left, David is standing on the right. John is sitting on the front left and Andrew is sitting on his mother's lap. George and Annie were married October 24, 1926. He was 47 and she 29 at the time of their marriage.


old observatory1

Outside the old Observatory on West Terrace, Adelaide. This gazebo-like structure housed weather bureau instruments.


old observatory 2

The old Observatory


old Observatory 3

The old Observatory


inside old observatory

Iinside the old Observatory. The Transit Telescope can be seen (looks like a small cannon). The Transit Telescope was fixed and the apparent movement of the star being watched was followed across the field of view. Electrical contacts created pinpricks in a ticker tape machine which were used to calculate the exact time that the star passed the meridian.



The old spark transmitter which sent the first wireless signals in South Australia is seen above, as housed in the old Observatory


checking chronometers

Dodwell checking chronometers at the Observatory


main telescope

This was where the main, large telescope was housed at the old Observatory. The dome rotated on cannon balls from the Crimean War.



Dodwell looking through the telescope at the Old Observatory. This telescope was called the Equatorial Telescope. It could be moved by a clockwork mechanism to follow the star in focus.



The Chancellor of Adelaide University, George Dodwell, and Professor Sir Kerr Grant


plaque ceremony

Mr. and Mrs. George Dodwell, Lorna Todd (daughter of Sir Charles Todd, under whose administration in Souh Australia the observatory was established) and the Honorable Baden Pattinson, Minister of Education, at the unveiling of the plaque at Adelaide Boys High School marking the site of the old Observatory


plaque ceremony with family

Mr. and Mrs. George Dodwell with two of their sons, John and Peter, admire the plaque


Pioneer women statue

This statue is a commemoration of the pioneer women of South Australia. George Dodwell designed the unique sundial seen on its base, looking a little like an open book.




A closeup of the Dodwell sundial. This sundial has been measured as accurate to within a minute.



This is the last known photograph of George Dodwell. It was taken at the wedding of his son, John, to Wendy. From left to right, Wendy, John, Annie, and George Dodwell.


Arkaroola plaque

In 1986, during the passage of Halley's Comet, the observatory at Arkaroola, in the Flinders Ranges, in South Australia, was dedicated to George Dodwell. The plaque above was unveiled by the governor of South Australia, Sir Mark Oliphant.


Arkaroola Observatory

The Arkaroola Observatory, dedicated to George Dodwell, at the unveiling of the plaque..


Arkaroola telescope

Looking through the Arkaroola telescope is the Governor of South Australia, Sir Mark Oliphant. Standing in back is John Dodwell.