Journal article

Algernon Henry Belfield and the Eversleigh weather diaries, 1877–1922

Ken Thornton, Linden Ashcroft, Howard Bridgman, William Oates, Gionni Di Gravio

Journal of Australian Colonial History | University of New Englang | Published : 2018

Abstract

At nine in the morning on a cold Friday at the end of June 1922, Algernon Henry Belfield made his way to his weather station on his property, Eversleigh, sixteen kilometres west of Armidale, to observe and record that morning's weather. Making weather observations was a worthwhile pastime for an elderly grazier in his later years. He had in fact been doing this every morning for forty-five years. Sadly, however, this was the last time he would do so. On a Wednesday in early August 1922, Belfield went to collect the mail at the nearby Dumaresq railway station. On his return, he declared that he was feeling weary and retired to bed to rest. He died the following Saturday. Almost a century late..

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