Oral history interview with Professor [Laurence] Teakle and Professor [Huge] Webster, 22 May 1979

University of Queensland Oral history interview with Professor [Laurence] Teakle and Professor [Huge] Webster, 22 May 1979. (Oral history interviews collected by Dr. J.R. Cole for 75th anniversary history project sound recording)

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Creator University of Queensland
Title Oral history interview with Professor [Laurence] Teakle and Professor [Huge] Webster, 22 May 1979
Open Access Status Other
Recording Date 1979-05-22
Year available 2015
Contributor Teakle, L. J. Hartley (Laurence John Hartley)
Webster, Hugh Colin
Series Oral history interviews collected by Dr. J.R. Cole for 75th anniversary history project sound recording
Type audio/wav
Original Format On 1 of 3 sound discs (275 min.); 4 1/4 in.
Source Oral history interviews collected by Dr. J.R. Cole for 75th anniversary history project sound recording, Volume 3, track 31a, 31b, 32a, 32b, 33, 34a, 34b, 35a, 35b
Duration 04hr., 35 min., 31 sec.
Language eng
Rights Please contact the Fryer Library, The University of Queensland Library to inquire about this work
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The oral history interviews were conducted in preparation for the 1985 publication A place of light & learning : the University of Queensland's first seventy-five years by Malcolm Thomis, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the University of Queensland.

Some three dozen tape recordings were made of interviews with former staff and students of the University. The interviews were conducted by John Cole, Nancy Bonnin and others from 1979 to 1983.

Between 1999 and 2001, the University of Queensland Library converted the tape recordings into MP3 format. In 2015 the Library combined tracks with the same interviewees and converted the MP3 to WAV format.

Reference: Thomis, Malcolm I. (1985). A place of light & learning : the University of Queensland's first seventy-five years. University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Qld.
Keyword University of Queensland -- History
Cole, John R.
Teakle, L. J. Hartley (Laurence John Hartley)
Webster, Hugh Colin
Additional Notes Laurence John Hartley Teakle was Professor of Agriculture from 1947 until 1963, when he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He was trained in Australia and California and had a distinguished record in Western Australia for research into soils, and made major contributions that state's land settlement program. In 1946 and 1947 he was W.A. Commissioner for Soil Conservation. At UQ he did considerable research into the Darling Downs black soils and served abroad for various periods as agricultural consultant to governments of developing nations. In April 1969 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws for his service to the University. He retired from UQ at the end of 1970 and in 1971 the then Agriculture/Entomology building was named the Hartley Teakle building to mark his distinguished and devoted service to the University. (Biography published first in The Fryer Library online exhibition, UQ Memory.) The personal papers of Laurence John Hartley Teakle are held at the Fryer Library (Laurence John Hartley Teakle Collection, UQFL548).

Hugh Colin Webster first joined the University in 1937 at a time when the Queensland Cancer Trust, the Brisbane South Coast Hospital Board and UQ agreed to develop some medical physics in Queensland, in particular to establish a facility for the generation and distribution of Radon used in the treatment of some forms of cancer. To this end the University created a new position of Lecturer in Biophysics, for which Webster was the successful applicant. He devoted his first few years to the construction of a Radon plant beneath the library at the Old Government House site. The generation of Radon to distribute to Queensland hospitals remained the responsibility of the Department of Physics scientists up until the 1970s. During World War II Webster worked in the Division of Radiophysics in Sydney and then as a member of the Scientific Liaison Team in London. He returned to UQ after the war and upon the death of Professor of Physics, Parnell, whilst in office, Webster was appointed in 1949 to succeed. During his time as Professor, experimental ionospheric physics became the main theme of the Department, and he was also involved in the building of a field station at the University farm at Moggill. During the 1960s Webster became heavily involved in general University affairs and in scientific administration throughout the country. He was a foundation councillor of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, served on the first Australian Research Grants Committee and was a member and chairman of the Radio Research Board. Professor Webster left UQ in 1970 to take up an appointment as Counsellor (Scientific) to the Australian Ambassador in Washington, and during his two years in that position he travelled extensively to scientific establishments throughout the US. On his return he retired to Bribie Island, close to the Radio Research Station he established there after the original one at Moggill had served its purpose.(Biography published first in The Fryer Library online exhibition, UQ Memory.)

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