Charles Hoadley

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Charles Hoadley
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In the Antarctic
Born(1887-03-01)1 March 1887
Died27 February 1947(1947-02-27) (aged 59)
EducationUniversity of Melbourne
Known forMember of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition
AwardsKing's Polar Medal
Scientific career
InstitutionsBallarat School of Mines

Charles Archibald Brookes Hoadley CBE (Burwood, 1 March 1887 – Footscray, 27 February 1947) was an Australian geologist.


Early life and education

The son of Abel Hoadley and his wife Susannah Ann née Barrett (he was the tenth of their fourteen children).He attended Toorak Grammar School, and from 1900, Wesley College. [1]

He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1911 with a degree in mining engineering.

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Hoadley was a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Douglas Mawson from 1911 to 1914. Hoadley was a member of the Western Base Party. Cape Hoadley was named after him upon discovery by the exploration party. [2]

Hoadley on ski at 'The Grottoes' (Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914) Hoadley on ski at The Grottoes.jpg
Hoadley on ski at 'The Grottoes' (Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914)


From 1914 to 1916 he lectured in engineering at Ballarat School of Mines, before becoming the Principal at the Footscray Technical School, a post he held until his death in 1947.


In 1909, he founded one of the first Scout Groups in Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria. [3] He was Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association's Victoria Branch from 1927 to 1937, where his major achievement was the creation of Counties to take administrative duties away from Branch Headquarters. He was better known as founder and from 1924 until his death in 1947 Warden of Gilwell Park, Gembrook and a key part of Leader training, being one of the state's two first Deputy Camp Chiefs – authorised to award Scout Leaders with the Wood Badge. In 1952 the new Senior Scout competition hike was named in his honour. The former Hoadley Scout Region in western Melbourne was also named after him. He was awarded the Silver Wolf Award in 1931.

Personal life

On 21 May 1932, he married Rita Cadle McComb at Holy Trinity, Kew. They had two children. Hoadley died from coronary thrombosis at home, in Footscray on 27 February 1947. [1]

Honours and Awards

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  1. 1 2 Lack, John. "Charles Archibald Hoadley (1887-1947)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  2. "Coolantarctica Biography of Hoadley". Archived from the original on 21 January 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  3. Williamstown Advertiser 8 July 2009.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Smith, Ailie; Cohn, Helen (24 March 2022). "Hoadley, Charles Archibald Brookes (1887-1947)". Encyclopedia of Australian science and innovation. Retrieved 6 March 2023.

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