A life well lived

Geoff and Black tailed Wallaby

A life well lived

OCTOBER 2015 | Nell Carr

GEOFF SHARMAN who died peacefully at Grenoch, Deloraine, spent his early childhood on the family farm at Dunorlan, and attended Deloraine Primary School, and the Launceston Junior Technical School.

He joined the RAN in 1942and saw service in the Pacific. After the war, he resumed his matriculation studies and enrolled at the University of Tasmania to study science with a Commonwealth Post War Reconstruction and Rehabilitation scholarship, graduating with honors in 1949.

Geoff was appointed lecturer then professor in schools of Zoology in several Australian universities.

During his time at University WA he began research into marsupial genetics – the Rottnest Island rock wallaby was the chief subject of his discoveries – and he was awarded a Doctorate of Science.

While at the University of NSW he made an award-winning film “Birth in the Red Kangaroo”, in which the embryonic young can be seen making its way through the mother’s fur to attach itself in her pouch to complete its development into a fully formed young kangaroo.

Professor Sharman’s final appointment was as Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney. On retirement he and his wife Barbara moved to Tasmania. Barbara predeceased him in 2011.

He is survived by his two sons, John and Robert and their partners, Pakau and Catara, grandson Michael and wife Jessica.

He was the son of the late C.A. and J.H.Sharman, of Dunorlan, and the brother of Anne Tiffin (Devonport), Nell Carr (Dunorlan), Robert and brother-in-law of Lynn (Hobart), Claire Kearney and brother-in-law of Gerald (Deloraine), and Iris Greenhill (Northdown).


 Mike Moores