S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Duthie, Mr John (meteorological observation)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

John Duthie entered the civil service of the Cape Colony on 1 October 1867. By 1879 he was the lighthouse keeper at Cape St Francis, and that year the Meteorological Commission of the Cape of Good Hope supplied him with a barometer, wet and dry bulb thermometer, anemometer, and rain gauge. He supplied regular meteorological observations from the beginning of 1880, summaries of which were published in the Commission's annual Report. On 7 September 1883 he was transferred to Port Elizabeth as lighthouse keeper. There he continued his meteorological observations until the end of 1899, a total period of 20 years, at the end of which he left the civil service.


List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope. Civil service list, 1888, 1896, 1898, 1899.

Cape of Good Hope. Report of the Meteorological Commission, 1879-1897, 1899.

General directory and guide-book to the Cape of Good Hope and its dependencies, 1886, pp. 187-206: Public service 1884.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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