Presented by: 
Dr Marion Diamond
Tue 17 Apr, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Room 222, Parnell Building (7)

Sir Thomas Brisbane became Governor of New South Wales after Lachlan Macquarie, in 1821.  Brisbane was a keen astronomer.  He set up astronomical instruments on his estate in Scotland.  During the Napoleonic War, the Duke of Wellington called him the man who ‘kept the time of the army’.

Brisbane was drawn to Australia by his interest in astronomy.  In Sydney, he had the ideal location from which to observe the Southern Hemisphere.  He brought with him two assistant astronomers, and a large number of astronomical instruments and books.  When he was recalled in 1825, he left these behind as a gift for ‘the furtherance of Science’ in Australia.  His instruments formed the basis of the Sydney Observatory.

Marion Diamond was an Associate Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics where she taught European and Australian history – and long ago, very briefly, the history of Australian science.  She retired in 2011, and now writes a blog – Historians are Past Caring.