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Early rain-making experiments in Queensland

Battery of Stiger Vortex rainmaking guns at Charleville 1902. Clement Wragge on the right. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 85049

In Australia, water can be a scarce commodity, with various areas of the country suffering through prolonged droughts at times. Its no wonder then that several ‘cloud seeding’ (rain-making) experiments have been conducted in Australia. Here are the tales of two unsuccessful Queensland rainmaking experiments – Brisbane, 1882 In January 1882, advertisements began appearing in the … Read more

‘Inclement’ Wragge : pioneer weather forecaster

Clement Wragge, ca. 1901 State Library of Queensland Negative number: 161210

Clement Lindley Wragge (1852-1922) had an iron constitution and a ‘mop of flaming red hair and explosive temper to match’ according to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.  It goes on to say that he posssessed the ‘adjectival luxuriance of a bullocky’.  He was certainly a colourful character and acquired the nickname ‘Inclement’ Wragge because of his rain … Read more