Dunlop, James (1793-1848)

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Astronomer; Artist; Printmaker; Draughtsman
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James Dunlop (1793-1848), astronomer, was born on 31 October 1793 at Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of John Dunlop, weaver, and his wife Janet, née Boyle. After primary level his education was at...

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Nineteenth-century astronomer, a poet and a collector of geological, anthropological and natural history specimens. Dunlop clearly had some sketching ability.

sketcher, lithographer and astronomer, was born in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland, on 31 October 1793, son of John Dunlop, a weaver, and Janet, nee Boyle, a friend of the poet Robert Burns. Dunlop educated himself at night school in Beith after days working in a thread factory; he was building telescopes when he was seventeen. Later he met Thomas Brisbane and developed his interest in astronomy. Dunlop arrived at Sydney on 7 November 1821 as assistant astronomer to Brisbane, the new governor. Before setting sail for the colony he appears to have worked as a lithographer in London. In 1890 his family had in their possession a copy of Burns’s Caledonia , 'written and transferred to stone by James Dunlop, at R. Ackermann’s, no. 101 Strand, 27th March 1821’. Brisbane imported a lithographic press from Ackermann’s as part of the equipment for the observatory in Sydney. When he left in November 1825 he gave it to Dunlop, who in turn had passed it on to Augustus Earle by August 1826. It is not known what lithographic art, if any, Dunlop may have printed in the interim. His official work for Brisbane does not seem to have included pictorial prints. In 1827 Dunlop returned to Scotland to work with Brisbane in his private observatory at Makerstown. Four years later he was appointed superintendent of the Parramatta Observatory and returned to New South Wales, working there until August 1847 when, due to ill-health, he retired to his property on Brisbane Water (Gosford, NSW). ...

  • 7 November 1821 Sydney

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  • fl. 1821 - 1847

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James Dunlop was Superintendent at the Parramatta Observatory, New South Wales 1831-1847.

Born 31 October 1793. Died 22 September 1848. Began constructing telescopes 1810, developed an interest in astronomy through an acquaintance with Sir Thomas Brisbane (q.v.) 1820, appointed assistant astronomer with Carl Rümker (q.v.), at the newly established Parramatta Observatory 1821, worked in Brisbane's private observatory, Roxburgh, Scotland 1827-31, superintendent, Parramatta Observatory 1831-47. Remembered for his work on the "Catalogue of 7835 Stars from Observations made at the Observatory at Parramatta", prepared by William Richardson of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich from the observations made in 1822-26, for his catalogue of 621 nebulae, published in "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society" 1828 and for his life of double stars, published in "Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society" 1829. Gold medal, Royal Astronomical Society 1828.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Dunlop, James
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. James Dunlop, 1793-1848
    Gavine, David
    Published: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
    Series: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. Dunlop, James (1793-1848), astronomer
    Wood, Harley
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1, 338
  4. Astronomical and Meteorological Workers in New South Wales, 1778-1860
    Russell, H.C.
    Published: 1888
    Series: Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, 1, 45-94
  5. For Further Consideration: Mr James Dunlop, Esq.
    Rutledge, S.
    Published: 2009
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 142, 17-28
  6. Some Scientific Aspects of Parramatta Observatory
    Bhathal, Ragbir
    Published: 2012
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 145, 111-27
  7. James Dunlop's Historical Catalogue of the Southern Nebulae and Clusters
    Cozens, Glen, Walsh, Andrew and Orchiston, Wayne
    Published: 2010
    Series: Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 13, 1, 59-73
  8. Seeing Stars in the City: a History of Early Astronomy in Sydney
    Tyler, Peter J.
    Published: 2009
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 142, 3/4, 1-14
  9. Federation and Meteorology
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001

Resources by James Dunlop (5)

  1. James Dunlop papers, 1832-1840
    Dunlop, James, 1793-1848
    [ Unpublished : 1832-1840 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. A catalogue of nebulae and clusters of stars in the southern hemisphere, observed at Paramatta in New South Wales ... in a letter addressed to Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, Bart. K.C.B. late Governor of New South Wales / by James Dunlop
    Dunlop, James, 1793-1848
    [ Book : 1828 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. An Australian grammar : comprehending the principles and natural rules of the language, as spoken by the Aborigines in the vicinity of Hunter's River, Lake Macquarie, &c. New South Wales / by L.E. Threlkeld
    Threlkeld, L. E. (Lancelot Edward), 1788-1859
    [ Book : 1834 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    An Australian grammar : comprehending the principles and natural rules of the language, as spoken by the Aborigines in the vicinity of Hunter's River, Lake Macquarie, &c. New South Wales / by L.E. Threlkeld
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  4. On the most effectual means of encouraging scientific undertakings ensuring universal respect to learned national societies and promoting the interests of science in general / collected by C. Rumker from the works and writing of an eminent astronomer
    Rümker, Carl, 1788-1862
    [ Book : 1831 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  5. An Australian grammar : comprehending the principles and natural rules of the language, as spoken by the aborigines, in the vicinity of Hunter's River, Lake MacQuarie, &c., New South Wales
    Threlkeld, L. E. (Lancelot Edward), 1788-1859
    [ Book : 1834 ]
    Languages: English;Awabakal (S66);Australian languages, [2 others]
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    At 16 libraries
    An Australian grammar : comprehending the principles and natural rules of the language, as spoken by the aborigines, in the vicinity of Hunter's River, Lake MacQuarie, &c., New South Wales
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on James Dunlop, astronomer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Thir Notandums, being the literary recreations of Laird Canticarl of Mongrynen : To which is appended a biographical sketch of James Dunlop / John Service
    Service, John, 1851-1916
    [ Book : 1890 ]
    At 3 libraries
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  3. Papers
    Service, John, 1851-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1882-1907 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. Thir notandums : being the literary recreations of Laird Canticarl of Mongrynen (of Kittle Memory) ; to which is appended, A biographical sketch of James Dunlop, Esq. / by John Service
    Service, John, 1851-1916
    [ Book : 1890 ]
    At 5 libraries
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  1. Dunlop, E. E., (Ernest Edward) (1907-1993)
    Physician; Surgeon; Army Medical Officer; war veterans’ advocate; Public Figure
    ... Dunlop, E E (1907-1993) ... Ernest Edward Dunlop or Weary Dunlop as he was most commonly known, was a renowned surgeon who ... , Dunlop studied pharmacy, but soon after graduating he took up medicine at the University of Melbourne ...
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  3. Dunlop, Mary Paule (1893-1978)
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    ... Dunlop, Mary Paule (18930408-19780506) ... born on 8 April 1893 to Mary Emily Cunningham (née Twynam) and James Cunningham, pastoralist, at the ... Archibald Shuldham 'Billy' Dunlop (1892-1966) who she had met when he was among the first intake in mid-1911 ...
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  2. Medals. Mr James Dunlop
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    Medals - James Dunlop
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    [ Photograph : 1960 ]
    Jim Dunlop standing outside a house, approximately 1960 / W.A.S. Dunlop
  5. [James Dunlop, ca. 1843] / oil port ...
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    [ Art work : 1843 ]
    [James Dunlop, ca. 1843] / oil portrait by Joseph Backler
  6. James Dunlop: drawing at Observator ...
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    James Dunlop: drawing at Observatory
  1. PBOBATE JURISDICTION. In the Intestate Estate of James Dunlop, late of Liverpool, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 6 March 1891 [Issue No.150] p 1839

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. PBOBATE JURISDICTION. In the Intestate Estate of James ... Dunlop, late of Liverpool, deceased, CREDITORS are to forward to me (through the Post Office if they ... 120 words
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  2. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re James Kemp, of Dunlop Station, near Louth, labourer.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 6 April 1900 [Issue No.311] p 2778

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    ... . (13,998) IN BANKRUPTCY. Re James Kemp, of Dunlop Station, near Louth, labourer. NOTICE is hereby given ... 68 words
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  3. In the intestate estate of James A. Brown, late of Dunlop Station, near Louth, deceased.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Wednesday 19 May 1909 [Issue No.62] p 2778

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    ... Ill tlie intestate estate of James A. Brown, late of Da 11 lop Station, near Louth, deceased. ALL ... 63 words
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  1. Address On James Dunlop To Historical Society
    The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW : 1906 - 1954) Tuesday 23 January 1951 p 3 Article
    ... September 23, 1848. Born at Dairy, Ayrshire, Scotland. on October 31, 1793, John Duniop was the son of a ... September 23, 1848. The Parramatta Observatory became a ruin. Lantern slides, amongst them portraits of Mr ... 893 words
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  2. Another Great Parramattan. James Dunlop, Astronomer.
    The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950) Saturday 19 August 1911 p 9 Article
    ... the son of John Dunlop, hand-loom weaver in Dalrig, Scotland, being born 31st October, 1793, the ... , Brisbane Water, one of the loveliest places in the whole colony. Some time in the winter of 1848, Mr ... 2058 words
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  3. JAMES DUNLOP.
    The Mildura Cultivator (Vic. : 1888 - 1920) Wednesday 7 December 1910 p 9 Article
    ... JAM DUUNLOP. Hall House, Fenwick, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. Director of Scottish Chamber of ... 8tooi -to the WeRl of Scotland Agricultural College. Mr Dunlop is a successful breeder of Ayrebire ... 188 words
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  1. James Dunlop Paxton article
    Paxton, James Dunlop, 1860-1947?
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  2. Dunlop family papers
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  3. Letter from Andrew Aitken to James Dunlop, 15 April 1823
    Dunlop, James, 1795-1848
    [ Unpublished : 1823 ]
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  1. Brian Dunlop interviewed by James Gleeson for the National Gallery of Australia collection
    Dunlop, Brian, 1938-2009
    [ Sound : 1979 ]
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  2. Interview with Brian Dunlop / interviewer, James Gleeson
    Dunlop, Brian, 1938-
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  3. James May's toy stories
    May, James Daniel, 1963-
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  4. James May's toy stories
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  1. James Dunlop [Paper in: Hornsby's Place in Space]
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  2. Prison commission for Scotland report on prison dietaries by James Craufurd Dunlop, M.D
    Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
    [ Government publication, Article, Book : 1899-2008 ]
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  3. JOHN SYM DUNLOP
    The bookfellow : the Australasian review and journal of the Australasian book trade.
    [ Article : 1912 ]
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  4. DUNLOP RUBBER LINK MATS. (24 June 1941)
    Federated Builders' Association of Australia
    Building : the magazine for the architect, builder, property owner and merchant.
    [ Article : 1941 ]
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    DUNLOP RUBBER LINK MATS. (24 June 1941)
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  1. Tracing shewing the property of James Dunlop, in the County of Brisbane
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    Tracing shewing the property of James Dunlop, in the County of Brisbane
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  2. Sub-series 1: Angus & Robertson original artwork in publications, ca. 1925-1973
    [ Photograph, Map : 1973 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Asia makes eastern Europe look greener.(opportunities, includes related article)
    Kirby, James
    Business Review Weekly
    [ Article, Photograph, Map : 1998 ]
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