Hunter Valley Climate Data Sets from 1843 to 1907 Online

On the 3 May 2016 a number of Hunter Valley meteorological journals came to light, documenting historic weather records from stations located in the Hunter Valley, dating from 1843-1907. These records form a significant data set to rival the Belfield Climate Records of Algernon Henry Belfield in Armidale.

The location(s) of the earliest Hunter Valley data sets dating from 1843-1878 are at present unidentified, but since they were donated with another ‘identified’ set from Wollong Station (Mount Vincent), dating from 1891-1907, then it is surmised that they are records associated with the Wyndham Family. Don Seton Wilkinson, a descendant of the Wyndham Family is currently investigating their provenance.

Wollong was the home of Charles Wyndham, 9th son of George and Margaret of Dalwood,and his wife Emily, neé Glennie. The weather records were signed by M. Wyndham, presumably Marion, eldest daughter of Charles and Emily. They date from June 1891 till end of 1907. (Ref: Dalwood House Newsletter No 93 by Don Seton Wilkinson).

Next Steps

These Hunter Valley data Sets will be of great significance to the UON’s Belfield Eversleigh Climate Records Project, which was formed to scientifically digitise and analyse the data emerging from Eversleigh Station Armidale data sets that came to light in 2009. See: https://uoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/lindenashcroft/

At present, the records are in their “digitised” state, but not “scientifically digitised”. Scientific digitisation means that we need to have the raw data transferred from the original manuscripts into an excel format that is useful for scientists to work on. So, very soon, Associate Professor Howard Bridgman and Dr Linden Ashcroft will be on the lookout for special type of data entry volunteers to assist with this project, similar to their call in 2016 Algernon Wants You!

‘Algernon Wants You’ Poster Adapted from ‘Britons Wants You’ 1914. Used in 2016 to enlist volunteers to scientifically digitise the Eversleigh data sets from Armidale.

Thanks to volunteer Dr Ken Thornton, all the Hunter Valley Data Sets have now been completely digitised at 600dpi to PDF format. We also thank Brigid McCarthy, former librarian, Hunter Valley Research Foundation, who alerted us to them, during the transfer of the Foundation’s records to University of Newcastle’s Archives in 2016.

Apologies for the use of the roman numeral “(viiii)” instead of the customary”(ix)”, but we needed the files to be in sequential order in our folders. The “1893” observations contain a few extra scans of the pages for March and May to make up for the poor and fragmentary nature of the originals.  Please also note that with some of the loose leaf observations Marion Wyndham continued her remarks relating to various days onto separate leaves. These were all bundled together.

 

First page of weather data from April 1843. (Click for a larger view)

 

‘Journal of the Weather’ 1846-1847, 1848.

 

‘Journal of the Weather’ 1846-1847, 1848. Showing first page of records for February 1846.

 

Meteorological Journal, January 1867 to May 1869.

HUNTER VALLEY WEATHER DATA RECORDS

Conduit: Brigid McCarthy, former librarian, Hunter Valley Research Foundation

Date: 3 May 2016

Gionni Di Gravio
University of Newcastle (Australia)
10 January 2017


One thought on “Hunter Valley Climate Data Sets from 1843 to 1907 Online

  1. What a fascinating project. Good luck with finding all your volunteers. I wonder how these might improve our understanding of changing weather patterns, particularly in the Hunter Region.

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