Brisbane, Thomas, (Sir) (1773-1860)

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Brisbane, Thomas (1773-1860)
Brisbane, Thomas Makdougall, (FRS) (1773-1860)
Brisbane, Thomas Makdougall, (Sir) (1773-1860)
Brisbane, Thomas Makdougall (1773-1860)
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Governor; Astronomer; Patron of science
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Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane (1773-1860), governor, was born on 23 July 1773 at Brisbane House, near Largs, Ayrshire, son of a family of ancient Scottish lineage. He was educated by tutors and attended...

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Sir Thomas Brisbane, a respected and successful soldier, was Governor of New South Wales 1821-1825. During this period he furthered his astronomical studies, built an observatory at Parramatta and made the first extensive observations of the southern stars since Lacaille in 1751-1752.

Born near Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland, 23 July 1773. Died Largs, 27 January 1860. KCB 1814; KCH 1817; Baronet 1836; GCB 1837. Educated University of Edinburgh and the English Academy, Kensington. Commissioned an Ensign in the 38th Regiment 1789; in Ireland 1790; captain in Flanders 1793-98; major in the West Indies 1795-99; lieutenant-colonel, 69th Regiment, Jamaica 1800-03; served in England 1803-05; built the second observatory in Scotland at Brisbane House 1808; promoted colonel 1810; promoted brigadier-general 1812; promoted general 1841; governor of New South Wales 1821-25. Set up an agricultural training college in New South Wales and was the first patron of the New South Wales Agricultural Society 1822. Conducted (largely unsuccessful) experiments in growing Virginian tobacco, Georgian cotton, Brazilian coffee and New Zealand flax. Built an observatory at Parramatta and made the first observations of stars in the southern hemisphere since Lacaille's in 1751-52; built another observatory at Makerstoun 1826; later became president of the Edinburgh Astronomical Institution and did much to make the Edinburgh Royal Observatory highly efficient. Fellow, Royal Society 1810. President, Royal Society of Edinburgh 1832.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Brisbane, Thomas Makdougall
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Sir Thomas Brisbane, FRS, A Founder of Organised Science in Australia.
    O'Hagan, J. E.
    Published: 1960
    Series: Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, vi, 594-603
  3. The Origins of Australian Meteorology
    Gibbs, W. J.
    Published: 2001
    Series: Federation and Meteorology
  4. Brisbane, Thomas Makdougall
    Published: Australian Science Archives Project, 1995
    Series: Physics in Australia to 1945
  5. Portraits of Scientific Men of New South Wales
    Maiden, J.H.
    Published: 1912
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, xliv, 17-20
  6. Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1773-1860
    Sweetman, John and Mcconnell, Anita
    Published: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
    Series: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  7. 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
  8. Sir Thomas Brisbane's Legacy to Colonial Science: Colonial Astronomy at the Parramatta Observatory, 1822-1848
    Saunders, Shirley D.
    Published: 2004
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 15, 2, 177-209
  9. The Origins of Australian Meteorology , Metarch Papers No. 12
    Gibbs, W. J.
    Published: Bureau of Meteorology, 1998
  10. 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
  11. Sir Thomas Brisbane - Patron of Colonial Science
    Tyler, Peter J.
    Published: 2012
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 145, 128-35
  12. The Soldier-Astronomer in Scotland: Thomas Makdougall Brisbane's Scientific Work in the Northern Hemisphere
    Morrison-low, A. D.
    Published: 2004
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 15, 2, 151-176
  13. A Governor's Observatory
    Bhathal, Ragbir
    Published: 2011
    Series: Astronomy & Geophysics, 52, 2, 2.31
  14. 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
  15. Sir Thomas Brisbane - a man of scientific method
    Liston, Carol
    Published: 2012
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 145, 136-45
  16. Federation and Meteorology
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001
  17. Explorers of the Southern Sky: a History of Australian Astronomy
    Haynes, Raymond, Haynes, Roslynn, Malin, David and McGee, Richard
    Published: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996

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  1. Papers
    Brisbane family
    [ Unpublished : 1715-1870 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Papers of Sir Thomas Brisbane
    Brisbane, Thomas, Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1815-1858 ]
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  3. Reminiscences of General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane of Brisbane and Makerstoun, Bart., G.C.B., G.C.H., D.C.L. of Oxford and Cambridge, F.R.S. L. and E., F.R.A.S., H.M.R.I.A., President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Member of the Astronomical ...
    Brisbane, Thomas Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Book : 1860 ]
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  4. Meteorological observations
    Brisbane, Thomas, Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1822-1825 ]
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    Meteorological observations
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  5. Letter
    Brisbane, Thomas Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1853 ]
    At National Library
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  6. Papers, Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane
    Brisbane, Thomas, Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1818-1849 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  7. Reminiscences of General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane ; of Brisbane and Makerstoun
    Brisbane, Thomas, Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Book : 1860 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  8. Land grant to Edward Frank
    Brisbane, Thomas Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1822 ]
    At National Library
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  9. Sir Thomas Brisbane Letter
    Brisbane, Thomas, Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1823 ]
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  10. Sir Thomas Brisbane Letter
    Brisbane, Thomas, Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1823 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  1. Papers
    Brisbane family
    [ Unpublished : 1715-1870 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Papers of Sir Thomas Brisbane
    Brisbane, Thomas, Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1815-1858 ]
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  3. Sir Thomas Brisbane
    [ Book : 1968 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  4. Sir Thomas Brisbane
    [ Book : 1863 ]
    At National Library
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  5. Brisbane family papers, 1854-1936
    Brisbane family
    [ Unpublished : 1854-1936 ]
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  6. Sir Thomas Brisbane, F.R.S. : founder of organised science in Australia / by J.E. O'Hagan. General Sir T. Makdougall Brisbane, Bart., F.R.S. / by Sylvanus Urban
    O'Hagan, J. E
    [ Book : 1972 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  7. Reminiscences of General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane of Brisbane and Makerstoun, Bart., G.C.B., G.C.H., D.C.L. of Oxford and Cambridge, F.R.S. L. and E., F.R.A.S., H.M.R.I.A., President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Member of the Astronomical ...
    Brisbane, Thomas Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Book : 1860 ]
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  8. Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane, 1773-1860 a background study
    Liston, Carol
    Descent
    [ Article : 1981 ]
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  9. Meteorological observations
    Brisbane, Thomas, Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1822-1825 ]
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    Meteorological observations
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  10. Letter
    Brisbane, Thomas Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1853 ]
    At National Library
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  1. GRANTS OF LAND.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Wednesday 30 March 1836 [Issue No.215] p 274

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... to the north-east corner of Langham's farm aforesaid. Promised by Sir Thomas Brisbane on 15th ... . Promised by Sir Thomas Brisbane on 15th May, 1824, to Alexander Warren, in whose favor the land was ... 2947 words
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  2. TITLE DEEDS.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Wednesday 21 August 1833 [Issue No.77] p 328

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    ... . Ditto, .......... Ac. 4, 2 r., 37 p., ditto. PURCHASE AUTHORISED BY SIR THOMAS BRISBANE, 3. William ... 98 words
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    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 12 March 1844 [Issue No.27] p 424

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... ' Inthe Insolvent Estate of Thomas Norman, of VeVJ * ' terinliallBrisbane Water, mariner. w HEIt ... EAS thes'Estate of. Thomas Norman was, on the 8th day of March, 1844, placed' under Sequestr&tion in my ... 169 words
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    General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, of Brisbane & Makerstoun, Bart. painted by Robert Frain; engraved by Frederick Bromley
  5. Portrait of General Sir Thomas Makd ...
    Nogues, Jules, ...
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    Portrait of General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1845 / J. Nogues
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    Faed, James, 18 ...
    [ Art work : 1850 ]
    General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, Bart., C.C.B., G.C.H., LL.D., President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh / painted by John Watson Gordon; engraved by James Faed
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    Gondwana To Gold: A Chronological History of Australia
    [ Article : 1996 ]
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  2. Sir Thomas Brisbane, founder of science in Australia
    O'Hagan, J. D
    Journal (Royal Historical Society of Queensland)
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  3. Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane: star-gazing Governor
    Warren, Bruce
    Australian Heritage
    [ Article : 2008 ]
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  4. SIR THOMAS BRISBANE. (1 May 1903)
    Old times.
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    Webster, Graham
    [ Sound : 2005 ]
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  2. Major General Sir Thomas William Glasgow Digital Story and Oral Histories
    State Library of Queensland
    [ Video : 2015 ]
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  3. S. John's Cathedral Choir Brisbane. anthems
    Wesley, Samuel Sebastian, 1810-1876
    [ Printed music : 1930-1949 ]
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  4. Mrs Thorogood addresses the English Association of Queensland (Brisbane Branch) on 'The Child in Literature: The Child in Dylan Thomas’s writings', 26 Jun 1979
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  1. The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium / Brisbane City Council
    Brisbane (Qld.). Council
    [ Book : 1976 ]
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  2. Reminiscences of General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane... / Printed for private circulation. Edinburgh, Printed by T. Constable, 1860 vii, 128 p. front. plates. ports. 29 cm
    Brisbane, Thomas Makdougall, Sir, 1773-1860
    [ Book : 1860 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
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  3. Reminiscences of General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane
    Makdougall-Brisbane, Thomas Sir, bart., 1773-1860
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  4. Reminiscences of General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane
    Makdougall-Brisbane, Thomas Bart Sir
    [ Book : 1860 ]
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    Thomas Forrest Cumming
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    Thomas Haydon
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  1. Sir Thomas Brisbane
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  2. FOUNDERS OF BRISBANE. SIR THOMAS BRISBANE.
    The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 7 April 1923 p 11 Article Illustrated
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  3. Sir Thomas Macdougal Brisbane FIRST CONSTITUTION.
    Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1926 - 1954) Sunday 6 February 1927 p 28 Article
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