The tragic end to a German scientist’s trip to Perth
Suburban Focus heads to Bayswater this week with the help of Bayswater Historical Society secretary Glen Cookson.
In 1905 German scientist Dr Kurt Hessen traveled across the world to establish a weather station in Perth for what was at the time ground-breaking research – measuring the Earth’s wobble from its axis.
Four years later Dr Hessen was due to travel home, but tragedy struck.
Over one hundred years later the weather station is largely forgotten, but the Bayswater Historical Society is hoping to recognize its history.
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