Paterson, William (1755-1810)

Also known as
Paterson, William, (FRS) (1755-1810)
Field of activity
Soldier; Explorer; lieutenant-governor; Artist; Draughtsman; Lieutenant-governor; Collector; Natural historian; Naturalist
NLA Persistent Identifier
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William Paterson (1755-1810), soldier, explorer and lieutenant-governor, was born on 17 August 1755 in Scotland. As a boy he became keenly interested in botany and in 1777, through the patronage of Lady...

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William Paterson was a sketcher, natural historian, collector, soldier and lieutenant-governor. He was interested in zoology and is said to have been the first person to take a live giraffe to London.

sketcher, natural historian, collector, soldier and lieutenant-governor, was born in Scotland on 17 August 1755. As a boy Paterson became an enthusiastic botanist, an interest retained all his life. In 1777 he made four journeys into the interior of South Africa and later published his account of these expeditions, Narrative of Four Journeys into the Country of the Hottentots and Caffaria . The book, dedicated to Joseph Banks, contained seventeen plates after his drawings (nineteen in the second edition), all except two being botanical. Also interested in zoology, he is said to have been the first person to take a live giraffe to London. In 1782 Paterson was corresponding about botanical specimens with Banks while serving as an ensign with the 98th Regiment in India. Promoted lieutenant in 1783, he returned to England when the regiment was disbanded in 1785. He married Elizabeth Driver there in about 1787. In June 1789 he was gazetted captain in the New South Wales Corps, very probably through the influence of Banks, and arrived at Port Jackson in the Gorgon in October 1791. He was immediately put in charge of the military detachment on Norfolk Island, where he served from November 1791 to March 1793, during which time he continued to correspond with Banks and send him botanical specimens. He also sent Banks numerous drawings, the majority acknowledged as the work of his convict servant, John Doody , although 'I have taken great pains in drawing some of them’, he wrote. Unfortunately, the book ...

  • October 1791 Port Jackson (Sydney), NSW, ship: Gorgon

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  • fl. c.1777 - c.1793

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William Paterson, soldier and Lieut-Governor of New South Wales, was an amateur naturalist who collected botanical, geological and insect specimens for Joseph Banks in Britain. He made several inland expeditions in Eastern Australia.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Paterson, William
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. William Paterson, 1755-1810
    Fletcher, Brian H.
    Published: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
    Series: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. Paterson, William (1755-1810), soldier, explorer and lieut-governor
    MacMillan, David S.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2, 317-319
  4. Records of Australian Botanists - (a) General, (b) New South Wales
    Maiden, J.H.
    Published: 1908
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, xlii, 60-132

Resources by William Paterson (10)

  1. Relation de quatre voyages dans le pays des Hottentots et dans la Caffrerie, pendant les années 1777, 1778 & 1779 / par le lieutenant Guillaume Patterson ; traduit de l'anglois par M. T... M*****
    Paterson, William, 1755-1810
    [ Book : 1790 ]
    Languages: French
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  2. A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria. : In the years one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven, eight, and nine. Illustrated with a map, and seventeen copper-plates / By Lieut. William Paterson
    Paterson, William, 1755-1810
    [ Book : 1789 ]
    At 4 libraries
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  3. Item 1-2: Commissions to Lieutenant-Colonel William Paterson, 9 June 1801 and 1 October 1804
    Paterson, William, 1755-1810
    [ Unpublished : 1804 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. Paterson's Cape travels 1777 to 1779 / Vernon S. Forbes and John Rourke
    Forbes, Vernon S. (Vernon Siegfried), 1905-
    [ Book : 1980 ]
    At 8 libraries
    Paterson's Cape travels 1777 to 1779 / Vernon S. Forbes and John Rourke
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  5. A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria : in the years 1777, 1778, 1779. Illustrated with a map, and nineteen copper-plates / By Lieutenant William Paterson
    Paterson, William, 1755-1810
    [ Book, Microform : 1790 ]
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    At 4 libraries
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  6. A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria : in the years one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven, eight, and nine / by William Paterson
    Paterson, William, 1755-1810
    [ Book : 1789 ]
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    At Uni of TAS Library
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  7. A topographical plan of the settlements of New South Wales : including Port Jackson, Botany Bay and Broken Bay; Surveyed by Messrs. Grimes & Flinders. Communicated by Lt. Col. Paterson of the New South Wales Corps
    Grimes, Charles, 1772-1858
    [ Map : 1799 ]
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  8. Travels to discover the source of the Nile / by James Bruce. Selected and ed. with an introd. by C.F. Beckingham
    Bruce, James 1730-1794
    [ Book : 1790-1964 ]
    Languages: English;French, [1 other]
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    At 12 libraries
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  9. An interesting narrative of the travels of James Bruce : Esq. into Abyssinia, to discover the source of the Nile. Abridged from the original work. By Samuel Shaw, Esq
    Bruce, James, 1730-1794
    [ Book, Microform : 1790-2004 ]
    Languages: English;French, [1 other]
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    At 5 libraries
    An interesting narrative of the travels of James Bruce : Esq. into Abyssinia, to discover the source of the Nile. Abridged from the original work. By Samuel Shaw, Esq
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  10. A topographical plan of the settlements of New South Wales including Port Jackson, Botany Bay, and Broken Bay / surveyed by Messrs. Grimes & Flinders. Communicated by Lt. Col. Paterson of the New South Wales Corps. Additions to 1815
    Grimes, Charles, 1772-1858
    [ Map : 1799-1815 ]
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    A topographical plan of the settlements of New South Wales including Port Jackson, Botany Bay, and Broken Bay / surveyed by Messrs. Grimes & Flinders. Communicated by Lt. Col. Paterson of the New South Wales Corps. Additions to 1815
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Resources about William Paterson (154)

  1. Relation de quatre voyages dans le pays des Hottentots et dans la Caffrerie, pendant les années 1777, 1778 & 1779 / par le lieutenant Guillaume Patterson ; traduit de l'anglois par M. T... M*****
    Paterson, William, 1755-1810
    [ Book : 1790 ]
    Languages: French
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  2. Letter to Colonel William Paterson, 18 October 1802
    [ Unpublished : 1802 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Series 27.39: Post scriptum received by Banks from William Paterson, undated
    [ Unpublished ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Series 27.39: Post scriptum received by Banks from William Paterson, undated
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  4. A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria. : In the years one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven, eight, and nine. Illustrated with a map, and seventeen copper-plates / By Lieut. William Paterson
    Paterson, William, 1755-1810
    [ Book : 1789 ]
    At 4 libraries
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  5. Series 27.33: Description of a Tasmanian tiger received by Banks from William Paterson, 30 March 1805
    [ Unpublished : 1805 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Series 27.33: Description of a Tasmanian tiger received by Banks from William Paterson, 30 March 1805
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  6. Documents and pictorial items relating to William and Elizabeth Paterson, ca. 1788-1797, 1800-1809, [181-?], 1907
    Banning family
    [ Unpublished : 1907 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  7. Series 27.14: Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 25 August 1799
    [ Unpublished : 1799 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Series 27.14: Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 25 August 1799
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  8. Series 27.26: Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 13 May 1803
    [ Unpublished : 1803 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Series 27.26: Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 13 May 1803
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  9. Series 27.01: Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 25 September 1782
    [ Unpublished : 1782 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Series 27.01: Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 25 September 1782
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  10. Series 27.38: 'Extremes of the Barometer & Thermometer...', 11 March 1805 - 20 August 1806
    [ Unpublished : 1806 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    Series 27.38: 'Extremes of the Barometer & Thermometer...', 11 March 1805 - 20 August 1806
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  1. Paterson, A. T., (Alexander Thomas) (1886-1950)
    Soldier; Businessman
    ... Footscray, Melbourne, son of William Golding Paterson, contractor, born in Tasmania, and his wife Jane,... ... Alexander Thomas Paterson (1886-1950), soldier and businessman, was born on 26 September 1886 at ...
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  2. Paterson, Betty (1894-1970)
    Artist; ; Cartoonist / Illustrator; Painter; Singer; 9002; Violinist
    ... Paterson, Hugh ... Paterson, John Ford ... Mid 20th century Melbourne painter, cartoonist, violinist and singer. Sister of Esther Paterson ... Hugh Paterson and Elizabeth Leslie, nee Deans, and younger sister of Esther Paterson . This entry is a ...
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  3. Paterson, Nan (1923-2015)
    Artist; ; Painter
    ... Nan Paterson survey 2005 ... Nan Paterson ... Nan Paterson is a Queensland artist widely regarded for her portraiture and whose output maintains ... a strong representational basis that reflects her training. Nan Paterson was born at Mackay in ...
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  1. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re William Thomas Cordell, of Vacy, Paterson, farmer.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 14 July 1893 [Issue No.495] p 5482

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. (6,633) IN BANKRUPTCY. Be William Thomas Cordell, of Yacy ... , Paterson, farmer. NOTICE is hereby given that the Single Meeting of creditors in the above matter will be ... 111 words
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  2. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re William Thomas Cordell, of Vacy, Paterson, farmer.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 13 June 1893 [Issue No.401] p 4470

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... ,633) IN BANKRUPTCY. Be William Thomas Cordell, of Vacy, Pafcerson, farmer. NOTICE is hereby given that a ... 70 words
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  3. Between Campbell Roy, plaintiff, and William Paterson, jun., defendant.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 25 August 1891 [Issue No.559] p 6705

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... , and William Paterson, jun,, defendant. BY virtue of a warrant of execution, issued herein against the ... 132 words
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  1. Plan of part of the town of Paterson
    Clint, Raphael, 1797-1849
    [ Map : 1840 ]
    At Newcastle Region Lib
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  2. [Tracing of Paterson, Hunter and William's River showing land grants]
    [ Map : 1830-1899 ]
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    At National Library
    [Tracing of Paterson, Hunter and William's River showing land grants]
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  3. Town of Paterson and adjoining lands : Parish - Houghton, County - Durham, Land District - Maitland, Shire - Dungog / printed & published by Dept. of Lands
    New South Wales. Department of Lands
    [ Map : 1970 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  1. PATERSON.
    The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW : 1894 - 1939) Wednesday 29 June 1904 p 3 Article
    ... PATERSON I regret to report that another very old, resident of the district in the person of Mr ... William Edwards has gone over to the great majority. He died on Wednesday after a trying illness ol three ... 401 words
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  2. PATERSON.
    The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) Thursday 11 March 1841 p 3 Article
    ... PATERSON. On Monday the elite of Paterson were assembled to witness the ceremony of laying the ... of Mr. Wilson as a Settler on the Paterson, is hailed as an event of much interest by some of our ... 373 words
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  3. PATERSON.
    The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893) Thursday 13 August 1868 p 3 Article
    ... this district Mr. William Jones, of Vacy, and Mr. Zachariah Powel, of Orange Grove, Lower Paterson. The ... PATERSON. DEATH OF TWO OLD RESIDENTS.-We have this week to record the death of two old residents of ... 727 words
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  1. Paterson
    Amazon Studios
    [ Video : 2016-2018 ]
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    At 58 libraries
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  2. Esther Paterson interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Paterson, Esther, 1892-1971
    [ Sound : 1971 ]
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    At National Library
    Esther Paterson interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
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  3. Frederick Paterson interviewed by Wendy Lowenstein for the Wendy Lowenstein 1930's Depression collection
    Paterson, Frederick
    [ Sound : 1973 ]
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    Frederick Paterson interviewed by Wendy Lowenstein for the Wendy Lowenstein 1930's Depression collection
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  4. Paterson
    [ Video : 2017 ]
    At Great Lakes Service
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  1. William Paterson 1833-1913
    William Paterson 1833-1913
    Created by JamesPaterson, 2 items.

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  2. Paterson
    Paterson
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    Peter Paterson, William Paterson

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  3. WM Paterson
    WM Paterson
    Created by JamesPaterson, 20 items.

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  1. William Paterson papers
    Paterson, William, 1745-1806
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  2. [William Paterson correspondence]
    Paterson, William, 1745-1806
    [ Published : 2006-2008 ]
    At UQ Library
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  3. Paterson, William Smith (Bill), 6075
    Australian Red Cross Society, National Office
    [ Unpublished : 2017 ]
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    At Uni Melbourne Arch
    Paterson, William Smith (Bill), 6075
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  1. The best of Banjo Paterson / introduction by Bruce Elder
    Paterson, A. B. (Andrew Barton), 1864-1941
    [ Book, Audio book : 1977-2011 ]
    At 134 libraries
    The best of Banjo Paterson / introduction by Bruce Elder
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  2. Paterson / William Carlos Williams
    Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963
    [ Book : 1948-2019 ]
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    Paterson / William Carlos Williams
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  3. A companion to William Carlos Williams's Paterson / Benjamin Sankey
    Sankey, Benjamin
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    At 15 libraries
    A companion to William Carlos Williams's Paterson / Benjamin Sankey
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  4. The radiant way : a novel / by Margaret Drabble
    Drabble, Margaret, 1939-
    [ Book : 1970-1988 ]
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    At 38 libraries
    The radiant way : a novel / by Margaret Drabble
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  1. William Paterson (1755-1810)
    Gunn, TP
    [ Article : 2005 ]
    Possibly online
    At Uni of Tas: Inst Rep
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  2. Alumni directory / William Paterson University
    William Paterson University
    [ Periodical : 1900-2019 ]
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  3. Library occasional paper (William Carlos Williams Poetry Center of the Paterson Free Public Library)
    William Carlos Williams Poetry Center
    [ Periodical : 1973-2019 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  4. COLONEL WILLIAM PATERSON The "Placid Bonhomme"
    The bulletin.
    [ Article : 1961 ]
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    COLONEL WILLIAM PATERSON The "Placid Bonhomme"
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