Wednesday, 24 May 2017


The Advertiser, Adelaide, 16 December, 1908

There was a large attendance at St.
John's Church lecture-hall, Halifax-street,
on Tuesday evening, at the farewell social
to Professor and Mrs. Bragg, who are
shortly leaving for England. Archdeacon
Hornabrook presided. A letter signed by
the priest-in-charge of the church (Arch-
deacon Hornabrook) and the wardens
(Messrs. C. R. Glover and E. E. Robilliard)
was read in connection with a presentation
of views of the church by the congregation.
It referred to the esteem in which the professor 
and his family were held by the congregation, 
and the work done as lector and president 
of the Sanctuary Guild by Professor Bragg. 
Mrs. Bragg, it was stated, was responsible 
for the artistic scheme of decoration of the 
sanctuary and organ pipes.

The congregation wished the guest God-
speed in all his undertakings.
The Rev. R. P. Hewgill, who has been
selected to fill the pulpit at St. John's
Church, and will enter upon his new duties
next year, also spoke in terms of high 
appreciation of Professor Bragg. He said he
was glad of the opportunity of being present 
at the gathering. Professor Bragg's
work in connection with church matters
had been greatly appreciated. It was 
seldom that a man so distinguished as their
guest in science was found also to be a 
devoted son of the church. Many of the 
congregation of St. John's Church were 
beginning to feel a sense of loss because they
were losing one who had been to many of
them a personal and large-hearted friend.
Professor Bragg and his family were going
to a place where he (Mr. Hewgill) had recently 
come from, and he would find people
there with kindly and warm hearts. He
would find that if they were inclined lo
look into the theory of things and like to
know "where the brass goes" they also
liked to turn their minds to research.
Yorkshire people might be slow to trust
and slow to love, but once a place was found
in their hearts it would never be lost. He
felt confident that his friends would never
forget Professor Bragg.
Mrs. Bragg was presented with a silver
smelling salts bottle on behalf of the 
Professor Bragg, in reply, said he and
Mrs. Bragg were happy to receive such over-
whelming kindness. Memories of that fare-
well social would remain with him through-
out his life. He paid a tribute to the worth
of the late Canon Hopcraft. He hoped to
return to South Australia if only on a visit,
and he would certainly pay a call at St.
John's Church. Mrs. Bragg also responded.
An excellent programme of vocal and in-
strumental items was contributed by
Misses F. and L. Young, Spartier, Kaese-
hagen, Pank, Holland, V. Thrush, A.
Beeton, and Messrs. Pank (2), Whittle, and
E. R. George.

Professor Bragg and his wife made a safe voyage to London on the Waratah. Professor Bragg attributed Waratah's persistence in a list to a virtually zero GM factor - significantly top heavy. He also pursued the subject with Captain Ilbery and discovered (confirmed) that there were no stability curves on board for the vessel. His testimony at the Court of Inquiry held sway leading many to believe that Waratah must have been top heavy when she disappeared off the Wild Coast. Of course this was not the case.

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