Sir Charles Todd Memorial - NT



DEG: -16.921721 133.422607
DMS: 16º 55' 18.19" S 133º 25' 21.39" E
UTM: 53 K 8128431mN 332010mE
Altitude: 244m


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Birdum NT 0852
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Nearest Centre North: Katherine 344km
Nearest Centre South: Tennant Creek 326km
Nearest stop North: Alexander Forrest Memorial 125km
Nearest stop South: Newcastle Waters 52km
TODD, Sir CHARLES (1826-1910), astronomer, meteorologist and electrical engineer, was born on 7 July 1826 at Islington, London, second son of Griffith Todd, grocer and tea merchant of Greenwich. Educated locally he was appointed to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, as a supernumerary computer in 1841; he showed ability in mathematics and potential as an observer. As junior assistant to Professor Challis at the Cambridge university observatory in 1848-54 he assisted in the determination of longitude between the Cambridge and Greenwich observatories by telegraphic means. Early in 1854 he returned to Greenwich as superintendent of the galvanic apparatus for the transmission of time signals. This involved close co-operation with the Electric Telegraph Co., and also with C. V. Walker, electrical engineer to the South Eastern Railway, who was one of the pioneer experimenters with submarine cables. Todd became fascinated with telecommunications. In 1855 the South Australian government requested Sir George Airy, the astronomer royal, to select an observer and superintendent of electric telegraph at a salary of £400; he nominated Todd, who was appointed on 10 February. He reached Port Adelaide in the Irene on 4 November.
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Closest Weather Station

Elliott at 24/09:00am CST
Distance from Sir Charles Todd Memorial 71.16km S
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Sir Charles Todd Memorial 71.16km S
Mean Max. °C37.636.735.634.431.328.428.331.335.438.039.138.6
Mean Min. °C24.123.822.219.515.912.311.213.217.420.823.424.3
Mean Rain mm133.2159.486.623.

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