Dawes, William (1762-1836)

Field of activity
Officer Of Marines; Scientist; Administrator; Astronomer; Surveyor
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an36166579
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Biographies

William Dawes (1762-1836), officer of marines, scientist and administrator, was the eldest son of Benjamin Dawes, clerk of works in the Ordnance Office at Portsmouth, England. He was gazetted second...

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William Dawes, an officer of the marines, came to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788 and established an observatory at Sydney on behalf of the British Board of Longitude.

Dawes arrived in Australia with the First Fleet as a Lieutenant in the Royal Marines, having served in the American War of Independence, and subsequently pursued studies in engineering and surveying. Equipped with meteorological and astronomical books and instruments provided by the Royal Astronomer, he immediately began construction of an observatory at what is now known as Dawes Point, near the southern pylon of the Harbour Bridge. Dawes' meteorological journal provides a detailed chronology of the early weather of the colony from September 1788 until his departure for England in December 1791.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Dawes, William
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Dagelet and Dawes: their Meeting, their Instruments and the First Scientific Experiments on Australian Soil
    Morrison, Doug and Barko, Ivan
    Published: 2009
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 20, 1, 1-40
  3. William Dawes, 1762-1836
    Howse, Derek
    Published: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
    Series: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  4. Dawes, William (1762-1836), officer of marines, scientist and adminstrator
    Mander-Jones, Phyllis
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1, 297-298
  5. W. Dawes and W. R. Dawes
    Marriott, R. A.
    Published: 1986
    Series: Journal of the British Astronomical Association, 97, 10
  6. William Dawes: Australia's First Meteorologist
    Orchiston, W.
    Published: 1989
    Series: Quaterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 30, 359-360
  7. William Dawes, and Australia's First Observatory
    Laurie, P. S.
    Published: 1988
    Series: Quaterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 29, 469-482
  8. 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
  9. Nugent, Maria Nugent
    Published: 2013
    Series: Australian Historical Studies, 44, 295-7
  10. 26 Views of the Starburst World: William Dawes at Sydney Cove 1788-91
    Gibson, Ross
    Published: UWA Publishing, Crawley, W.A., 2012
  11. William Dawes' Gravity Measurement in Sydney Cove, 1788
    Bosloper, Case
    Published: 2010
    Series: FIG Congress 2010: Facing the Challenges - Building the Capacity, Sydney, Australia 11-16 April 2010: TS 6M History of Surveying, 14
  12. Federation and Meteorology
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001

Resources by William Dawes (20)

  1. William Dawes : notebooks on the Aboriginal language of Sydney : a facsimile version of the notebooks from 1790-1791 on the Sydney language written by William Dawes and others / William Dawes ; project/editors David Nathan, Susannah Rayner and Stuart ...
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At 4 libraries
    William Dawes : notebooks on the Aboriginal language of Sydney : a facsimile version of the notebooks from 1790-1791 on the Sydney language written by William Dawes and others / William Dawes ; project/editors David Nathan, Susannah Rayner and Stuart Brown
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 105,041.141)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 105,041.141)

  2. A reconstruction of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the Sydney language as recorded in the notebooks of William Dawes / Meredith Osmond
    Osmond, Meredith
    [ Unpublished : 1989 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 99,132.078)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 99,132.078)

  3. The notebooks of William Dawes on the Aboriginal language of Sydney
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Periodical ]
    Possibly online
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 94,485.82)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 94,485.82)

  4. [The papers of William Dawes, missionary in Antigua]
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Book : 1824-1826 ]
    Possibly online
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,574.5)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,574.5)

  5. Dawes's meteorological journal / Robert J. McAfee
    McAfee, Robert J
    [ Book, Government publication, Microform : 1981 ]
    At 29 libraries
    Dawes's meteorological journal / Robert J. McAfee
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,472.344)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,472.344)

  6. Collection 24: Australian flowers, 1787-1799 / possibly by William Dawes
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Art work : 1787-1799 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    Collection 24: Australian flowers, 1787-1799 / possibly by William Dawes
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  7. Collection 15: Joseph Lepaute Dagelet - Letter to William Dawes, 3 March 1788
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Unpublished : 1788 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    Collection 15: Joseph Lepaute Dagelet - Letter to William Dawes, 3 March 1788
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,337.258)

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  8. Letter from William Dawes to Charles Cox concerning payment to George Bouchier Worgan, 30 September 1788, with other orders for payment, 1789
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Photograph : 1789 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,022.395)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,022.395)

  9. William Dawes's meteorological journal : 14 Sept. 1788 to 6 Dec. 1791 inclusive
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Microform, Book : 1981 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 64,275.414)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 64,275.414)

  10. Vocabulary of the language of N.S.W. in the neighbourhood of Sydney, (native and English but not alphabetical)
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Unpublished : 1790 ]
    Possibly online
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on William Dawes, astronomer, surveyor and defence engineer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Bibliographical notes on Lieutenant William Dawes, 1792 - 1837, 4 March 1926
    Public Library of New South Wales
    [ Unpublished : 1926 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. William Dawes : notebooks on the Aboriginal language of Sydney : a facsimile version of the notebooks from 1790-1791 on the Sydney language written by William Dawes and others / William Dawes ; project/editors David Nathan, Susannah Rayner and Stuart ...
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At 4 libraries
    William Dawes : notebooks on the Aboriginal language of Sydney : a facsimile version of the notebooks from 1790-1791 on the Sydney language written by William Dawes and others / William Dawes ; project/editors David Nathan, Susannah Rayner and Stuart Brown
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  4. A reconstruction of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the Sydney language as recorded in the notebooks of William Dawes / Meredith Osmond
    Osmond, Meredith
    [ Unpublished : 1989 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 98,119.516)

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  5. The notebooks of William Dawes on the Aboriginal language of Sydney
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Periodical ]
    Possibly online
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  6. William Dawes, R.M., 1762-1836 : a sketch of his life, work and explorations (1787) in the first expedition to New South Wales ; also, as Governor of Sierra Leone, and in Antigua, West Indies / by his great-grand-daughter A. Currer-Jones
    Currer-Jones, A
    [ Book : 1930 ]
    At 9 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,997.492)

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  7. [The papers of William Dawes, missionary in Antigua]
    Dawes, William, 1762-1836
    [ Book : 1824-1826 ]
    Possibly online
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74,639.516)

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  8. Dawes's meteorological journal / Robert J. McAfee
    McAfee, Robert J
    [ Book, Government publication, Microform : 1981 ]
    At 29 libraries
    Dawes's meteorological journal / Robert J. McAfee
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  9. Portrait of William Rutter Dawes, Son of Lt. Dawes
    [ Photograph ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  10. The memorial of Lieutenant William Dawes, 1826
    Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
    [ Article : 1926 ]
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  1. Dawes, William, (Sir) (1671-1724)
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  1. Insolvency of William Dawes, of Granville, carpenter.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 13 April 1883 [Issue No.142] p 1958

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Insolvency of William Dawes, oi Granville, carpenter. F. M. OVERTON has received instructions from ... 59 words
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  2. Insolvency of William Dawes, of Granville, carpenter.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 17 April 1883 [Issue No.147] p 2017

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Insolvency of William Dawes, of G-ranville, carpenter. F. M. OVERTON has been instructed by Francis ... 104 words
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  3. WILLIAM DAWES, James Holt, and William Fanning, having been confirmed
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 29 December 1843 [Issue No.112] p 1724

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Insolvent Estate of Richard Jones. w ILLIAM DAWES, James Holt, and Wil liam Fanning, having ... , 1843. WILLIAM H. KERR, 4815 Chief Commissioner. ... 124 words
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  1. Henry L. Dawes papers
    Dawes, Henry L. (Henry Laurens), 1816-1903
    [ Published ]
    View online
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  2. Item 01: Papers relating to the Memorial of William Dawes, 1826-1827
    [ Unpublished : 1826-1927 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Item 01: Papers relating to the Memorial of William Dawes, 1826-1827
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  3. Letter of Charles Gates Dawes
    Dawes, Charles G. (Charles Gates), 1865-1951
    [ Published ]
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  1. WILLIAM DAWES OF DAWES POINT
    Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954) Friday 18 March 1932 p 6 Article Illustrated
    ... labored for a lifetime for the welfare of the natives. William Dawes, R.M. 1762 to 1836 In New South Wales ... Dawes died in 1836, and was buried in the family vault of the Gilberts in the churchyard at Parham ... 2205 words
    • Text last corrected on 9 May 2014 by djbcjk
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  2. DAWES
    Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954) Tuesday 31 October 1933 p 2 Article
    ... . Master William Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. Robinson, Dawes, who at-tended the farm boys' camp at the ... ' DAWES ' A very enjoyable evening was spent ?at the Dawes School, when a dance was held to augment ... 218 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,732.986)

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  3. DAWES
    Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954) Saturday 13 December 1947 p 7 Article
    ... 1 DAWES Many properties have changea ownership during: recent months. Mr R. L. Dongall. an original ... C. Schöll and will leave shortly for Brisbane. Farewell evenings were- held In the Dawes Hall for ... 1438 words
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  1. William Dawes, R.M., 1762 to 1836 : a sketch of his life, work and explorations (1787) in the first expedition to New South Wales..
    Currer-Jones, A
    [ Book : 1930 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  2. The papers of William Dawes, missionary in Antigua :
    Adam Matthew Digital (Firm)
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
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  3. A Bicentennial history of the midnight ride, April 18-19, 1775, of William Dawes, first rider for revolution : chronological narrative / compiled by C. Burr Dawes ; with introd. by Paul Revere
    Dawes, C. Burr, 1902-
    [ Book : 1975 ]
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  4. The papers of William Dawes, missionary in Antigua
    [ Book : 1824-2019 ]
    At UQ Library
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  1. Lingua Franca: The notebooks of William Dawes
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    Lingua Franca: The notebooks of William Dawes
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  2. [Interview with Lionel Hitchcock and Wally Dawes] [interviewed by Bill Bunbury]
    Hitchcock, Lionel
    [ Sound : 1986 ]
    At WA State Library
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  3. The rose and the ostrich feather : music from the Eton Choirbook
    Christophers, Harry, 1953-
    [ Sound : 1991 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
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  4. Sounds of Summer: William Kapell
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. News
    [ Sound : 2004 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    Sounds of Summer: William Kapell
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  1. William Dawes in Antigua
    [ Article : 2011 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At LaTrobe Uni Inst Rep
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  2. Dawes Point
    Shirley Fitzgerald
    [ Article : 2010 ]
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    At 2 libraries
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  3. Further Note on Lieutenant William Dawes
    Royal Australian Historical Society; By HUGH WEIGHT
    Journal and proceedings
    [ Article : 1927 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    Further Note on Lieutenant William Dawes
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  4. The Memorial of Lieutenant William Dawes, 1826
    Royal Australian Historical Society; R. W. HAY
    Journal and proceedings
    [ Article : 1926 ]
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    The Memorial of Lieutenant William Dawes, 1826
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  1. William Bruce Dawes
    William Bruce Dawes
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  2. William Richard Manly Dawes and family
    William Richard Manly Dawes and family
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    Dawes
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    Engaged - William Edward 2nd son of Samuel Dawes

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