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
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an36330206
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an58769007
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-623040

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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Resources for Alexander Macleay

Selected resources (16)

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 (19)

  1. Papers of Edmund Lockyer
    Lockyer, Edmund, 1784-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1826-1827 ]
    ] At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.605)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.605)

  2. Records [M596-597]
    Linnean Society of London
    [ Microform, Unpublished : 1950 ]
    At 5 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.057)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.057)

  3. 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: 11.929)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.929)

  4. Correspondence with His Excellency, Sir Richard Bourke ... : and other documents relative to the removal of Alexander M'Leay ... from the office of Colonial Secretary of New South Wales
    Bourke, Richard, Sir, 1777-1855
    [ Book : 1838 ]
    Possibly online
    At 4 libraries
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.214)

  5. 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
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.649)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.649)

  6. [Letter to Captain Barker], 14 Aug. 1828
    Macleay, Alexander, 1767-1848
    [ Book : 1923 ]
    ] At AIATSIS Collections
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.264)

  7. Circular / [Alexander M'Leay]
    McLeay, Alexander, 1767-1848
    [ Book : 1830 ]
    Possibly online
    ] At State Library of NSW
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.277)

  8. Additional regulations for annual surveys of public stores. &c. in the Colony of New South Wales / [By command of his Excellency the Governor, Alexander McLeay]
    New South Wales. Governor
    [ Book : 1829 ]
    Possibly online
    ] At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2.827)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2.827)

  9. [Letter] 1826 Oct. 10, Fort Dundas, Melville Island [to] Alex. McLeay, Colonial Secretary, [Sydney, N.S.W.] [John] Campbell, Major
    Campbell, John, Major
    [ Book : 1983 ]
    ] At CDU Library
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  10. Government order : with a view to give effect to the instructions from the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in regard to making up and controlling the accounts and classifying the expenditure in the Civil Departments of this Government . ...
    New South Wales
    [ Book : 1826-1827 ]
    Possibly online
    ] At State Library of NSW
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Resources about Alexander Macleay (37)

  1. [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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  2. Alexander Macleay : from Scotland to Sydney / Derelie Cherry
    Cherry, Derelie Ann, 1952-
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At 66 libraries
    Alexander Macleay : from Scotland to Sydney / Derelie Cherry
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  3. Papers of Edmund Lockyer
    Lockyer, Edmund, 1784-1860
    [ Unpublished : 1826-1827 ]
    ] At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.616)

  4. Mr Macleay's celebrated cabinet : the history of the Macleays and their museum / edited by Peter Stanbury and Julian Holland
    Stanbury, Peter, 1934-
    [ Book : 1988 ]
    At 34 libraries
    Mr Macleay's celebrated cabinet : the history of the Macleays and their museum / edited by Peter Stanbury and Julian Holland
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  5. Museum : the Macleays, their collections and the search for order / Robyn Stacey & Ashley Hay
    Stacey, Robyn
    [ Book : 2007 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 56 libraries
    Museum : the Macleays, their collections and the search for order / Robyn Stacey & Ashley Hay
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  6. Records [M596-597]
    Linnean Society of London
    [ Microform, Unpublished : 1950 ]
    At 5 libraries
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  7. 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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  8. Cabinet of curiosities : featuring the artworks of Robin Stacey in association with Macleay Museum, University of Sydney
    Stacey, Robyn
    [ Book : 2000-2004 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  9. Portrait of Alexander Macleay
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1900-1949 ]
    View online
    ] At National Library
    Portrait of Alexander Macleay
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  10. Portrait of Alexander Macley, Secretary of the Linnean Society
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1930 ]
    View online
    ] At National Library
    Portrait of Alexander Macley, Secretary of the Linnean Society
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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]
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    Australian Garden History
    [ Article : 2012 ]
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  3. The elegant Misses Macleay. -as seen in Fanny Macleay's correspondence with her brother William-
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  4. The dog that did not bark: Alexander Macleay and the Australian Museum. -Paper read to the Colonial Science Club, March 1989-
    Strahan, Ronald
    Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
    [ Article : 1989 ]
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  1. Mueller, Ferdinand, (Baron von) (1825-)
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    ... Victorian government botanist. Von Mueller took an interest in painting, sending his view of the Melbourne ...
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  2. 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 ...
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  3. 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 ...
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  1. Website: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
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  2. Website: Australian National Botanic Gardens : Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research
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    • Macleay, Alexander - biography - 6/1/2015
    • ... of Caithness, 24th June, 1767. Died at Sydney 18th June, 1848. Fellow 1794, and Secretary, 1798 -1825......www.anbg.gov.au/biography/macleay-alexander.html.tmp...
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  3. Website: Macleay Museum
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    • The Macleay Family - 1/8/2006
    • ... The Macleay Family The Macleay Family Public Figures Private Collectors Alexander Macleay 1767......macleay/www.usyd.edu.au/su/macleay/bmaclfam.htm...
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  1. Alexander Macleay
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  2. Pead - descendants of Alexander Pead
    Pead - descendants of Alexander Pead
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    Descendants of Alexander

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  3. McLennan, Alexander 1844-1879
    McLennan, Alexander 1844-1879
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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. Museum
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    [ Sound : 2007 ]
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    Museum
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  1. Portrait of Alexander Macleay
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1900-1949 ]
    Portrait of Alexander Macleay
  2. Portrait of Alexander Macley, Secre ...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1930 ]
    Portrait of Alexander Macley, Secretary of the Linnean Society
  3. Alexander MacLeay, Esq., F.R.S., Se ...
    Fox, Charles, 1 ...
    [ Art work : 1830-1835 ]
  4. Portrait of Alexander Macleay / pos ...
    [ Photograph : 1943 ]
    Portrait of Alexander Macleay / possibly by William Owen or Frederick Richard Say
  1. Conditional pardon
    Joseph, Francisco
    [ Unpublished : 1835 ]
    ] At UQ Library
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  2. Cutting album
    Smythe, Frederick W
    [ Unpublished : 1910-1940 ]
    ] At National Library
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  3. Aust botany
    Woods, Julian Tenison, 1832-1889
    [ Published : 1877-1889 ]
    ] At University of Sydney
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  1. 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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  2. 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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  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. Blood on the wattle : massacres and maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788 / Bruce Elder
    Elder, Bruce
    [ Book, Map : 1988-2014 ]
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    Blood on the wattle : massacres and maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788 / Bruce Elder
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  2. 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 : 1906 ]
    ] At State Library of NSW
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  3. Australian pioneers and reminiscences together with portraits of some of the founders of Australia / by Nehemiah Bartley ; edited by J.J. Knight ; illustrated
    Bartley, Nehemiah, 1830?-1894
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  1. IMPOUNDED at Camden on the 28th instant, from the Estate of Alexander Macleay, Esq.:—
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 9 November 1847 [Issue No.97] p 1238

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    ... IMPOUNDED at Camdei^ on t^e instajit, frpjja Estate of Alexander Macleay, Esq.:— One strawberry ... 77 words
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  2. 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

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    ... ®. (20,109) IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Alexander Graham, of Sherwood, Macleay R.ver, farm labourer. NOTICE is ... 81 words
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  3. 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

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    ... IMfotfNteD at Camden, onffif A'iris^ from the Estate of Alexander Smcleay, £)sq.:— ©ne strawberry ... 72 words
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