An Australian lecture-tour
It may well have been Kleeman who suggested that Phillips should visit Australia to repeat his ‘Vacation School in Structural Petrology’ at the University of Adelaide (Fig. 9.1), and doubtless the British Council (which eventually sponsored the July-October 1953 visit) would have encouraged him to give lectures elsewhere. For instance, the University of Western Australia in Perth would have been an obvious place to visit, in view of Phillips’ pre-war acquaintance with Rex Prider (ft. 1938-1985) at Cambridge (Fig. 6.6), which may have been renewed during Prider's year of study-leave in Britain and Europe in 1952-1953.
Leaving on 2 July 1953, Phillips travelled on the liner Strath-naver via Gibraltar, Port Said and the Gulf of Suez to the Red Sea, Aden, Bombay and Colombo,220 and arrived at Fremantle on 28 July.221 During his voyage, he read a book on Australia (Taylor 1943), and began ‘serious work’. Although Phillips (1953b, p. 4) mentions ‘reading Sander’ (presumably, Sander 1948, 1950) on the ship, he may also have been working on the manuscript for his forthcoming book The Use of Stereographic Projection in Structural Geology (Phillips 1954b).222
During his week in Nedlands, near Perth, where the University of Western Australia is located, Phillips was hosted by his former Cambridge colleague Prider, who had been appointed to the Chair of Geology at the University in 1949.