Joseph Taylor was a Nelson businessman turned astrologist, who fancied himself the Clement Wragge of natural disasters. His specialty being the prediction of earthquakes buy the movement of the planets. unfortunately he lacked both Wragges scientific rigor and his accuracy, though the parallels of their interests and activities (including interest in the occult and holding of lectures on science and mysticism). Perhaps it is worth considering why despite these superficial similarities their legacies are so different.
Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XLIII, 13 October 1909, Page 1
Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XLIII, Issue XLIII, 26 October 1909, Page 1
THE UNIVERSAL INSTITUTE.
Colonist, Volume XLVIII, Issue 11477, 2 November 1905, Page 2
Colonist, Volume XLVIII, Issue 11509, 9 December 1905, Page 2
Free Lance, Volume X, Issue 519, 11 June 1910, Page 12
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