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Quinton H. Bullard

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Quinton H. Bullard ( -1953) of Marconi International Marine Communication Co

1953 Obituary [1]

It is with regret that we have to record the sudden death of Commander Quinton H. Bullard, until a month ago managing director of Marconi (South Africa), Ltd.

Commander Bullard began his career in communications with the South African Post Office and later joined Cable and Wireless, Ltd. He was actively interested in radio communications for the whaling fleets, and this interest led to his reclaiming Heard Island - now occupied by Australia - for the British Government in 1929.

The following year he landed on uninhabited Marion Island, about 1,200 miles south of Cape Town, and established a system of radio communication between the island and the Union. This radio link made possible the transmission of weather reports from the sub-Antarctic and paved the way for the establishing of a weather station and the subsequent occupation of Marion and Prince Edward Islands.

Commander Bullard's direct association with the Marconi Marine Company began in 1937, when he was appointed as the company's representative in Cape Town.

In 1945 Commander Bullard became managing director of the company then handling Marconi Marine business in South Africa, the Wireless Agency, Ltd., later changed to Marconi (South Africa), Ltd. Ill health forced him to relinquish some of his duties, and he resigned at the end of June last, continuing to act as marine manager and technical consultant whilst retaining his seat on the board as a director.

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  1. The Engineer 1953/08/14