Macleay, Alexander (1767-1848)

Also known as
M'Leay, Alexander (1767-1848)
McLeay, Alexander, (FRS) (1767-1848)
McLeay, Alexander (1767-1848)
Field of activity
Public Servant; Entomologist
Libraries Australia
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Biographies

Alexander McLeay (1767-1848), public servant and entomologist, was born on 24 June 1767 in Ross-shire, Scotland, the son of William Macleay, provost of Wick and deputy-lieutenant of Caithness. He was descended...

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Alexander McLeay was Secretary of the Linnean Society of London 1798-1825, and Colonial Secretary of New South Wales 1825-1836. He remained in Australia until his death and was involved in colonial politics, administration and scientific activities.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. McLeay, Alexander
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. McLeay, Alexander (1767-1848), public servant and entomologist
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2, 177-180
  3. This Plan of a Museum: Alexander Macleay's Proposal for the Australian Museum
    Leeuwen, Michael Van
    Published: 1992
    Series: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 78, 3-4, 39-51
  4. The Society's Heritage from the Macleays
    Fletcher, J.J.
    Published: 1920
    Series: Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 45, 592-629
  5. Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930
    Musgrave, A.
    Published: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932
  6. The Society's Heritage From the Macleays. Part ii
    Fletcher, J.J.
    Published: 1929
    Series: Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, liv, 185-272
  7. Colonial mandarin: the life and times of Alexander Macleay
    Donaldson, James
    Published: Austin Macauley Publishers, London, 2017
  8. The careering naturalists: creating career paths in natural history, 1790 - 1830
    Gibson, Susannah
    Published: 2017
    Series: Archives of Natural History, 44, 2, 195-214
  9. Alexander, William Sharp, and William John Macleay: Their Ornithology and Museum
    Fulton, G. R.
    Published: Nuttall Ornithological Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2012
    Series: Contributions to the History of Australasian Ornithology, Volume 2, 327-93
  10. Ventress, Alan
    Published: 2013
    Series: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 99, 101-3
  11. Holland, Julian
    Published: 2012
    Series: Historical Rcords of Australian Science, 23, 233-4
  12. Alexander Macleay : from Scotland to Sydney
    Cherry, Derelie
    Published: Paradise Publishers, Kulnura, N.S.W., 2012
  13. Museum: the MacLeays, their Collection and the Search for Order
    Stacey, Robyn and Hay, Ashley
    Published: Cambridge University Press, Sydney, 2007
  14. Mr McLeay's Elizabeth Bay Garden: Plants, Privilege and Power in Sydney's Early Scientific Community
    Gilbert, Lionel
    Published: Mulini Press, Canberra, 2000
  15. The Dog that Did Not Bark: Alexander Macleay and the Australian Museum
    Strahan, Ronald
    Published: 1989
    Series: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 75, 3, 224-229
  16. Mr Macleay's celebrated cabinet: the history of the Macleays and their museum
    Stanbury, Peter and Holland, Julian
    Published: Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, Sydney, 1988

Resources by Alexander Macleay (33)

  1. Papers of Edmund Lockyer
    Lockyer, Edmund, 1784-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1826-1827 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Journal of expedition sent from Sydney to found a settlement at King George's Sound 8 Nov. 1826-30 March 1827
    Lockyer, Edmund, 1784-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1826 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 88,438.062)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 88,438.062)

  3. Records held by the Linnean Society of London (as filmed by the AJCP) [M596-M597]
    Linnean Society of London
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1950 ]
    View online
    At 5 libraries
    Records held by the Linnean Society of London (as filmed by the AJCP) [M596-M597]
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  4. [Letter to Captain Barker], 14 Aug. 1828
    Macleay, Alexander, 1767-1848
    [ Book : 1923 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  5. Mr à Court's expedition to the Barbary Powers, Vol.2 :
    à Court, William, 1st Baron Heytesbury 1779-1860
    [ Book : 2017 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
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  6. Formal announcement by Alexander Macleay, Colonial Secretary, Sydney, N.S.W., permitting James Backhouse and George Washington Walker of the Society of Friends to give moral and religious instruction to the prisoners in the gaols
    New South Wales. Colonial Secretary's Office
    [ Unpublished : 1836 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  7. [Letter] 1826 Oct. 10, Fort Dundas, Melville Island [to] Alex. McLeay, Colonial Secretary, [Sydney, N.S.W.] [John] Campbell, Major
    Campbell, John, Major
    [ Government publication, Book : 1983 ]
    At CDU Library
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  8. Assigned servants
    New South Wales. Chief Secretary's Department
    [ Government publication, Book : 1831 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  9. Correspondence with His Excellency Sir Richard Bourke and other documents relative to the removal of Alexander McLeay from the office of Colonial Secretary of New South Wales
    Bourke, Richard, Sir, 1777-1855
    [ Book : 1838 ]
    At UQ Library
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  10. Correspondence between Major-Gen. Sir Richard Bourke ... and Alexander M'Leay..
    Bourke, Richard, Sir, 1777-1855
    [ Book : 1837 ]
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    At 3 libraries
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Resources about Alexander Macleay (58)

  1. Autograph letter signed from John Sinclair to Alexander Macleay from Edinburgh, 30 January 1825, relating to Macleay's appointment as Colonial Secretary to New South Wales
    Sinclair, John
    [ Photograph : 1825 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 120,644.977)

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  2. [Biographical cuttings on Alexander Macleay, former secretary of the Linnaean Society, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Papers of Edmund Lockyer
    Lockyer, Edmund, 1784-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1826-1827 ]
    At National Library
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  4. Journal of expedition sent from Sydney to found a settlement at King George's Sound 8 Nov. 1826-30 March 1827
    Lockyer, Edmund, 1784-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1826 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  5. Portrait of Alexander Macleay
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1900-1949 ]
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    At National Library
    Portrait of Alexander Macleay
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  6. Macleay family correspondence, 1805-ca. 1830
    Macleay family
    [ Unpublished : 1830 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  7. Portrait of Alexander Macley, Secretary of the Linnean Society
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1930 ]
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    At National Library
    Portrait of Alexander Macley, Secretary of the Linnean Society
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  8. Alexander MacLeay, Esq., F.R.S., Secretary of the Linnean Society, member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Sweden &c., formerly secretary of the Transport Board, and late Colonial Secretary of New South Wales / from a portrait painted by Sir Thos. ...
    Fox, Charles, 1794-1849
    [ Art work : 1830-1835 ]
    At National Library
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  9. Portrait of Alexander Macleay / possibly by William Owen or Frederick Richard Say
    [ Art work : 1943 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Portrait of Alexander Macleay / possibly by William Owen or Frederick Richard Say
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  10. [Letter to Colonial Secretary Macleay], 20 Dec. 1826
    Campbell, John
    [ Book : 1826 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  1. Macleay, George, (Sir) (1809-1891)
    Pastoralist; Explorer; Zoologist
    ... Macleay, William Sharp (1792 - 1865) ... Macleay, George (1809-1891) ... Sir George Macleay (1809-1891), pastoralist and explorer, was born in London, the third son of ... Alexander McLeay. The McLeays, an old Caithness landed family, were connected by marriage with the Roses of... ...
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  2. Macleay, William John, (Sir) (1820-1891)
    Pastoralist; Politician; Patron Of Science; Naturalist; Entomologist
    ... Macleay, William John (1820-1891) ... Sir William John Macleay (1820-1891), pastoralist, politician and patron of science, was born on 13 ... June 1820 at Wick, Caithness, Scotland, second son of Kenneth Macleay of Keiss and his wife Barbara,... ...
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  3. Macleay, William Sharp (1792-1865)
    Scholar; Naturalist; Entomologist
    ... Macleay, Fanny (1793 - 1836) ... Macleay, George (1809 - 1891) ... William Sharp Macleay (1792-1865), scholar and naturalist, was born on 21 July 1792 in London, the ... eldest son of Alexander McLeay. He was educated at Westminster School, where he distinguished himself... ...
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  1. Autograph letter signed from John S ...
    Sinclair, John
    [ Photograph : 1825 ]
  2. Portrait of Alexander Macleay
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1900-1949 ]
    Portrait of Alexander Macleay
  3. Portrait of Alexander Macley, Secre ...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1930 ]
    Portrait of Alexander Macley, Secretary of the Linnean Society
  4. Portrait of Alexander Macleay / pos ...
    [ Art work : 1943 ]
    Portrait of Alexander Macleay / possibly by William Owen or Frederick Richard Say
  5. Alexander MacLeay, Esq., F.R.S., Se ...
    Fox, Charles, 1 ...
    [ Art work : 1830-1835 ]
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    [ Photograph : 1981 ]
  1. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Alexander Graham, of Sherwood, Macleay Rover, farm labourer.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Wednesday 28 October 1914 [Issue No.186] p 6388

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... ®. (20,109) IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Alexander Graham, of Sherwood, Macleay R.ver, farm labourer. NOTICE is ... 81 words
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  2. IMPOUNDED at Camden, on the 28th instant, from the Estate of Alexander Macleay,Esq.:—
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 5 November 1847 [Issue No.96] p 1227

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... IMfotfNteD at Camden, onffif A'iris^ from the Estate of Alexander Smcleay, £)sq.:— ©ne strawberry ... 72 words
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  3. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Alexander J. Macleay, of Hay, stock and station agent.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 15 July 1927 [Issue No.94] p 3548

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Supreme Court of New Soutli Wales. (26,211) ;[ IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Alexander J. Macleay, of ... 114 words
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  1. Forgotten Pioneers—VII. Alexander Macleay, Father of Australian Zoology: An Indefatigable Collector.
    The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) Saturday 7 October 1933 p 18 Article
    ... born in Ross-shire in June 1767, but other evidence, including his own statements, attaches him rather ... chosen Speaker of the new Legislative Coun-cil. He died in July, 1848. And that is as much as the history ... 1373 words
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  2. ALEXANDER MACLEAY WAS SENT TO AUSTRALIA TO CLAN UP CORRUPTION THE BOTANIST WHO REFORMED OLD SYDNEY
    The Beverley Times (WA : 1905 - 1977) Thursday 25 August 1955 p 1 Article Illustrated
    ... -shim Scotland, on June 23, 1767 ember of an old landed amily and son of the eputy-Lieutenant for the -onnty of ... banks. hurried to his son-in-law's Early in July, 1848, as he home in Rose Bay, where was leaving ... 1652 words
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  3. CURRENT NATURE TOPICS. CCCXXXV. | MACLEAY FAMILY.
    Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954) Friday 10 April 1942 p 2 Article
    ... plants from many countries. He died in 1848. William Sharp Macleay, who was the eldest son of Alexander ... Macleay, who was born in 1767, was a prominent English public servant, but was interested in entomology as ... 835 words
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  1. Alexander Macleay: From Scotland to Sydney [Book Review]
    Ventress, Alan
    Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
    [ Article : 2013 ]
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  2. Alexander Macleay: From Scotland to Sydney [Book Review]
    Read, Stuart
    Australian Garden History
    [ Article : 2012 ]
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  3. Alexander Macleay: From Scotland to Sydney.(Book review)
    Ventress, Alan
    Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
    [ Article : 2013 ]
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  4. Sir William Macleay
    The bulletin.
    [ Article : 1958 ]
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    Sir William Macleay
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  1. Alexander Macleay papers, ca. 1834-3 August 1907
    [ Unpublished : 1907 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Macleay family collection
    Macleay family
    [ Unpublished : 1988 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. John Macarthur to (Alexander McLeay), (File), (from Records held by the Linnean Society of London / Macleay Correspondence )
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    John Macarthur to (Alexander McLeay),  (File),  (from Records held by the Linnean Society of London  / Macleay Correspondence )
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  1. Alexander Macleay
    Alexander Macleay
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  2. Pead - descendants of Alexander Pead
    Pead - descendants of Alexander Pead
    Created by Mcgrade, 35 items.

    Descendants of Alexander

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  3. McLennan, Alexander 1844-1879
    McLennan, Alexander 1844-1879
    Created by HeidiWhite, 38 items.

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  1. Macleay museum
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2007 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    Macleay museum
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  2. Jenny MacDougall interviewed by Alex and Annette Hood in the Alex Hood Folklore collection
    MacDougall, Jenny, 1940-
    [ Sound : 2006 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Nerida Hickey and Brenda Humble interviewed by Alex Hood and Annette Hood in the Alex Hood folklore collection
    Hickey, Nerida, 1932-
    [ Sound : 2008 ]
    At National Library
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  4. Museum
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2007 ]
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    Museum
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  1. State electorates of New South Wales, (including Lord Howe Island), as notified in the Government Gazette 22nd April 1904 / published by the authority of the Hon. the Chief Secretary, J.A. Hogue ; compiled and drawn by J.A. Morgan, A. Paton, R.W. Val ...
    New South Wales. Chief Secretary's Department
    [ Map, Government publication : 1906 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Collection of maps mainly concerning the Toganmain pastoral station, 1865-1978 / Robertson family
    Robertson (Family : Hay, N.S.W.).
    [ Map : 1835-1978 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Volume 78: Dr James Bowman miscellaneous papers, chiefly relating to proceedings of a dispute with Henry Dumaresq over boundaries of Ravensworth Estate, 1829-1855
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    Volume 78: Dr James Bowman miscellaneous papers, chiefly relating to proceedings of a dispute with Henry Dumaresq over boundaries of Ravensworth Estate, 1829-1855
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