Pioneering geologist recognised

AFTER 50 years in an unmarked grave, a new memorial has been unveiled in Nannup, Western Australia commemorating the life of pioneer geologist Henry William Beamish Talbot.

AFTER 50 years in an unmarked grave, a new memorial has been unveiled in Nannup, Western Australia commemorating the life of pioneer geologist Henry William Beamish Talbot.

Talbot, one of Western Australia’s first geologists and the man responsible for mapping and establishing the Canning Stock Route in 1908.

Talbot died in Nannup in 1957 after a lifetime of studying the State’s landscape.

The Irish-born, New Zealand-educated scientist joined the Geological Survey of WA in 1899, undertaking survey expeditions to some of the most inhospitable areas of the State, including the Pilbara and Goldfields.

Two of Talbot’s more eventful expeditions included his 426-day trip that established the Canning Stock Route and a survey trip near the South Australian border that ended when Talbot was speared by Aborigines.

He retired due to ill health in 1920.

In 1933, aged 59, Talbot joined the newly formed Western Mining Corporation as its first senior project geologist.

He worked for the company for more than a decade and remained active in geology until 1953.

He died four years later, aged 83.

The memorial has been erected by the Geological Society of Australia, BHP Billiton and Readymix Australia, at Nannup Cemetery.

Talbot would finally be recognised for his contribution to the State.

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