Macarthur, William, (Sir) (1800-1882)

Also known as
Macarthur, William (1800-1882)
Maro (1800-1882)
Field of activity
Landowner; Artist; Photographer; Commissioner; Politician; Horticulturalist; Vigneron; Sheep-breeder; Sheepbreeder
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Sir William Macarthur (1800-1882), landowner, was born in December 1800 at Parramatta, youngest son of John Macarthur and his wife Elizabeth. At 9 he was 'a fine daring fellow' with 'the activity of...

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Member of the famous colonial Macarthur family who may have been an amateur photographer. William was involved in numerous organisations and participated in several international exhibitions.

amateur photographer(?), collector and landowner, was the youngest son of the pioneer colonists John Macarthur and Elizabeth, nee Veale. He was born at Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta, New South Wales. After being educated by a private tutor and in England, William spent most of his life living with his brother James, James’s wife, Emily , and their daughter Elizabeth at Camden Park, which he had inherited jointly with James and where he had his own bachelor wing. He became well known as a sheep-breeder, vigneron, collector, horticulturalist and politician. He exhibited prize wool and wood specimens from New South Wales in the 1851 Great Exhibition in London and won many prizes for other primary products in colonial exhibitions, especially wine and wood. He was a commissioner for New South Wales at the 1855 Paris Universal Exhibition and was knighted in 1856. Although pastoral and agricultural interests were dominant, William Macarthur played an important role in many of Sydney’s cultural institutions. He was on the committee of the Australian Museum from 1836 and a trustee from 1853; in 1870 he became a trustee of the Free Public Library. He was vice-president of the Acclimatisation Society of New South Wales in 1860, as well as being president, then senior vice-president of the Agricultural Society of New South Wales. He was a member of the Senate of Sydney University (1860-80) and a longstanding member of the New South Wales Parliament (1849-55 and 1864-1882), although neither an active nor interested politician. Albums of 1850s photographs ...

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  • fl. c.1850 - c.1860

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William Macarthur was a horticulturalist and agriculturalist with a keen interest in botany. He studied in England from 1809 to 1817, then returned to Australia where he worked for thirty years worked at improving the family property, at the end of which he had won awards for his wines and brandies. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1849 to 1855, and then was appointed Commissioner for the upcoming Paris Exhibition. He joined the committee of the Australian Museum in 1836 and was a Trustee from 1853. He was the first vice-president of the Acclimatisation Society of New South Wales 1860-.

  • Career position - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
  • Career position - Commissioner for the Paris Exhibition
  • Award - Received Knighthood from Queen Victoria
  • Award - Decorated with the Legion of Honour by the French Emperor
  • Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus macarthurii Deane & Maiden was named in his honour. Macarthur had collected syntype material for the Paris Exhibition

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Macarthur, William
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Sir William Macarthur, 1800-1882
    Atkinson, Alan
    Published: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
    Series: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. 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
  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
  5. The Study of Australian Eucalypts
    McCarthy, Gavan; Smith, Ailie; Moje, Christine; Rigby, Rebecca
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2013
  6. Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material
    Hall, Norman
    Published: CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978

Resources by William Macarthur (13)

  1. Sir William McArthur and the Camden stud
    Kiddle, Margaret, 1914-1958
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1950-1959 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Catalogue of plants cultivated at Camden, 1843
    Macarthur, William, Sir, 1800-1882
    [ Book : 1843 ]
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    Catalogue of plants cultivated at Camden, 1843
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  3. Autograph letter signed from Sir William Macarthur, written from Camden Park, Menangle, to H.C. Russell, requesting the return of Professor Owen's notes on fossils, 15 January 1878
    Macarthur, William, Sir, 1800-1882
    [ Unpublished : 1878 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. Autograph letter signed by Sir William Macarthur, written from Camden Park, Menangle, to Robert King, relating to his maize crops and the fructification of ferns, 22 March 1875
    Macarthur, William, Sir, 1800-1882
    [ Unpublished : 1875 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  5. Macarthur papers
    Macarthur, William, Sir, 1800-1882
    [ Unpublished : 1980-1989 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  6. Album of views, illustrations and Macarthur family photographs, 1857-66, 1879 / by various photographers
    Macarthur, William, Sir, 1800-1882
    [ Photograph : 1879 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Album of views, illustrations and Macarthur family photographs, 1857-66, 1879 / by various photographers
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  7. Catalogue of plants cultivated at Camden Park, New South Wales, 1850
    Macarthur, William Sir, 1800-1882
    [ Book : 1850 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  8. Letters on the culture of the vine, fermentation, and the management of wine in the cellar / by Maro
    Macarthur, William, Sir, 1800-1882
    [ Book : 1844 ]
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    Letters on the culture of the vine, fermentation, and the management of wine in the cellar / by Maro
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  9. Catalogue of plants cultivated at Camden Park, New South Wales, 1857
    Macarthur, William, Sir, 1800-1882
    [ Book : 1857 ]
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    Catalogue of plants cultivated at Camden Park, New South Wales, 1857
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  10. An essay on the wear and tear of human life / by William Bell, member of the Royal College of Surgeons
    Bell, William, member of the Royal College of Surgeons., 1815-1871
    [ Book : 1859 ]
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    An essay on the wear and tear of human life / by William Bell, member of the Royal College of Surgeons
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Resources about William Macarthur (136)

  1. Sir William McArthur and the Camden stud
    Kiddle, Margaret, 1914-1958
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1950-1959 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Volume 54 Item 06: Notebook possibly belonging to Sir William Macarthur, 1839-1841
    [ Unpublished : 1839-1841 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Volume 54 Item 06: Notebook possibly belonging to Sir William Macarthur, 1839-1841
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  3. [Biographical cuttings on William Macarthur, former botanist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  4. Volume 52 Item 16: Sir William Macarthur miscellaneous memorandum book, 1879-1881
    [ Unpublished : 1879-1881 ]
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    Volume 52 Item 16: Sir William Macarthur miscellaneous memorandum book, 1879-1881
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  5. William MacArthur
    Woolner, Thomas, 1825-1892
    [ Photograph : 1914 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    William MacArthur
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  6. Volume 54 Item 01: Sir William Macarthur receipted bills, 1824-1863
    [ Unpublished : 1824-1863 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Volume 54 Item 01: Sir William Macarthur receipted bills, 1824-1863
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  7. Ludwig Leichhardt's letter to William Macarthur
    [ Photograph : 1955 ]
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    Ludwig Leichhardt's letter to William Macarthur
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  8. Ludwig Leichhardt's letter to William Macarthur
    [ Photograph : 1955 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Ludwig Leichhardt's letter to William Macarthur
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  9. Volume 52 Item 14: Orchids, March 1878 [notebook belonging to Sir William Macarthur]
    [ Unpublished : 1878 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Volume 52 Item 14: Orchids, March 1878 [notebook belonging to Sir William Macarthur]
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  10. Volume 52 Item 15: Orchid book, January 1878-March 1878 [notebook belonging to Sir William Macarthur]
    [ Unpublished : 1878 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Volume 52 Item 15: Orchid book, January 1878-March 1878 [notebook belonging to Sir William Macarthur]
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  1. Macarthur-Onslow, Eliza Elizabeth (1840-1911)
    Property Manager; Pastoralist; Artist; ; Draughtsman; Painter; 01
    ... Macarthur, William ... Macarthur-Onslow, Eliza Elizabeth (1840-1911) ... years, of her mother, her husband and her uncle, Sir William Macarthur , Elizabeth became sole owner of ... Camden Park in 1882. To perpetuate the Macarthur name she prefixed it by deed poll to that of Onslow in ...
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  2. Ward, Edward Wolstenholme, (Sir) (1823-1890)
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    ... Jevons, William Stanley ... Macarthur, James ... Sir Edward Wolstenholme Ward (1823-1890), military engineer and deputy-master of the Royal Mint ... Sir Edward Ward was the inaugural deputy-master of the Sydney branch of the Royal Mint 1853-1866 ...
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  3. Macleay, George, (Sir) (1809-1891)
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    ... Macleay, William Sharp (1792 - 1865) ... Sir George Macleay (1809-1891), pastoralist and explorer, was born in London, the third son of ... (Sir) George Macleay, a colonial land owner and sometime scientist, travelled with Charles Sturt on ...
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  1. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the will of Sir William Macarthur, late of Camden Park, in the Colony of New South Wales, Knight, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 21 November 1882 [Issue No.461] p 6197

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Onslow, the sole surviving executrix named tbetein.—Dated this 17th day of November, 1882. NORTON & SMITH ... In the Supreme Court of New South. Wales. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the will of Sir William ... 106 words
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  2. WHEREAS the Estate of Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur was, on the 26th day of June,
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 30 June 1848 [Issue No.69] p 815

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Insolvent Estate of Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur, of the Vineyard, near Parramatta, in the ... Macarthur was, on the 26th day of June, a. d., 1848, placed under sequestration by order of the Honorable ... 165 words
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  3. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In tho will of Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Macarthur, Knight Commander of the Bath, late of No. 27, Princes Gardens, Kensington, in the county of Middlesex, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 6 September 1872 [Issue No.247] p 2310

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Jurisdiction, that probate of the last will and testament of the abovenamed Sir Edward Macarthur, deceased, may ... be granted to Sir William Macartliur, of Camden Park, in the county of Camden, New South Wales ... 165 words
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  1. John Macarthur / by M.H. Ellis
    Ellis, M. H. (Malcolm Henry), 1890-1969
    [ Book, Audio book : 1955-2019 ]
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  2. Some early records of the Macarthurs of Camden / edited by Sibella Macarthur Onslow. [Compiled by Elizabeth Macarthur Onslow]
    MacArthur Onslow, Sibella
    [ Book : 1914-1973 ]
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    Some early records of the Macarthurs of Camden / edited by Sibella Macarthur Onslow. [Compiled by Elizabeth Macarthur Onslow]
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  3. John Macarthur
    [ Book : 1947 ]
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    John Macarthur
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  4. The life of Sir John Oldcastle, 1600..
    Munday, Anthony, 1553-1633
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    The life of Sir John Oldcastle, 1600..
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  1. William Dargie interviewed by Barbara Blackman
    Dargie, William, Sir, 1912-2003
    [ Sound : 1986 ]
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    William Dargie interviewed by Barbara Blackman
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  2. William Dunk interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection
    Dunk, William Ernest, Sir, 1897-1984
    [ Sound : 1971 ]
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    Black, Hermann, Sir, 1905-1990
    [ Sound : 1982 ]
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    Beale, Howard, Sir, 1898-198
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  1. OBITUARY. SIR WILLIAM MACARTHUR.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Tuesday 31 October 1882 p 5 Article
    ... Rose Hill—so far back as December, 1800, and consequently he was at the time of' his death very nearly ... OBITUARY.     SIR WILLIAM MACARTHUR.   Another of the few remaining links which ... 797 words
    • Text last corrected on 22 July 2013 by anonymous
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  2. Sir,William Macarthur.
    Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907) Saturday 4 November 1882 p 17 Article Illustrated
    ... , with whoso name the publio have been so long familiar, was born at Parramatta in 1800, and ho has thus ... Sir,William Macarthur. i ON Sunday laßt Sir William Macarthur, of Camden Park, passed quietly away ... 423 words
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  3. Sir William Macarthur.
    Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907) Saturday 12 May 1877 p 13 Article Illustrated
    ... Parramatta in December, 1800. He was brought up with his brother, Mr. James Macarthur, two years older than ... Sir William Macarthur. THE Macarthur family hold a distinguished place in the annals of this ... 1085 words
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