Michael Curran (1859 – 1928) priest and geologist
Priest Michael Curran had built a strong reputation as an outstanding geologist. He was appointed lecturer in geology and mineralogy at Sydney Technical College and subsequently government geologist.
John (Michael) Curran migrated to Australia in around 1875 as part of a drive to set up a seminary to train Australian and Irish priests of the diocesan clergy. During his six years at the Bathurst seminary, Curran became interested in geology – a passion he never lost. He was ordained in 1881 and sent to Dubbo as the diocese’s school inspector.
While in Dubbo Michael Curran began detailed geological research and his article On fossil plants from Dubbo was published in the prestigious Linnean Society’s Proceedings. His other publications and surveys dealt with the geology and petrology of Bathurst and other areas and included studies on leucite-basalt rocks and carbonferous and Silurian fossils.
Michael Curran had built a strong reputation as an outstanding geologist, so was appointed lecturer in geology and mineralogy at Sydney Technical College (1897-1902).
During this time he still maintained his clergy duties at Bathurst and went on numerous field trips. After leaving the University, Curran was appointed government geologist.
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