Lawson, William (1774-1850)

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Explorer; Pastoralist
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William Lawson (1774-1850), explorer and pastoralist, was born on 2 June 1774 at Finchley, Middlesex, England, the son of Scottish parents who had lived at Kirkpatrick. Educated in London, William was...

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William Lawson crossed the Blue Mountains in 1813 with G. Blaxland and W.C. Wentworth, thus opening up the interior to pastoralists. His knowledge of surveying made him a particularly valuable member of the expedition and his journal, with its accurate record of times and distances, enables the route to be precisely retraced.

Born Finchley, Middlesex, England, 2 June 1774. Died Prospect, New South Wales, 16 June 1850. Trained as surveyor, bought commission in the New South Wales Corps 1799, arrived Sydney 1800, Norfolk Island garrison 1801-06, commandant at Newcastle ca 1807, 1809, received a grant of 500 acres at Prospect, named Veteran Hall, lieutenant, New South Wales Veterans company from 1811, successfully crossed the Blue Mountains with G Blaxland and W C Wentworth (qq.v.) 1813, commandant of Bathurst 1819-24, took the first stock across the mountains 1815, escorted Freycinet's party of naturalists and botanists over the ranges 1819, made the first discovery of coal to the west of the mountains at Hartley Vale 1822, member for Cumberland in the first partly-elective Legislative Council 1843-48. Commemorated by the town of Lawson in the Blue Mountains and a portrait in the Mitchell Library.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Lawson, William
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Lawson, William (1774-1850)
    Dunlop, E. W.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2, 96-97
  3. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

Resources by William Lawson (24)

  1. Old Ironbark : some unpublished correspondence (1817-1827) from and to William Lawson explorer and pioneer of Veteran Hall, N.S.W. / introduced and edited by William Beard
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At WSU Penrith Lib
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 122,300.305)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 122,300.305)

  2. Old Ironbark : some unpublished correspondence (1817-1824) from and to William Lawson, explorer and pioneer of Veteran Hall, N.S.W. / Introduced and edited by William Beard
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At 21 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 89,587.766)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 89,587.766)

  3. Lawson family bible, birthday book and miscellaneous papers 1774-1938
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Unpublished : 1774-1938 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 61,122.426)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 61,122.426)

  4. William Lawson papers, 1784-1882
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Unpublished : 1784-1882 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 60,593.895)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 60,593.895)

  5. William Lawson letters and other papers to John Sloper in London, 1817-1824
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Photograph : 1817-1824 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,969.797)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,969.797)

  6. William Lawson journal of a tour into the country north of Bathurst, 8-24 November 1821
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Unpublished : 1821 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,573.516)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,573.516)

  7. William Lawson journal of an expedition from Bathurst to the Liverpool Plains, 9-24 January 1822
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Unpublished : 1822 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    William Lawson journal of an expedition from Bathurst to the Liverpool Plains, 9-24 January 1822
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,323.465)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,323.465)

  8. Autograph letter signed by William Lawson, Sydney, to Robert Nash, relating to a shipment of pork from Norfolk Island and other agricultural matters, 26 May 1807
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Unpublished : 1807 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,322.629)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,322.629)

  9. Old Ironbark : some unpublished corresponcence (1817-1824) from and to William Lawson, explorer and pioneer of Veteran Hall, N.S.W. / Introducec and edited by William Beard
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,062.039)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,062.039)

  10. William Lawson - Journal of an expedition across the Blue Mountains, 11 May - 6 June 1813, together with wax impression of Lawson's seal
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Unpublished : 1813 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    William Lawson - Journal of an expedition across the Blue Mountains, 11 May - 6 June 1813, together with wax impression of Lawson's seal
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,047.445)

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  1. Old Ironbark : some unpublished correspondence (1817-1827) from and to William Lawson explorer and pioneer of Veteran Hall, N.S.W. / introduced and edited by William Beard
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At WSU Penrith Lib
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,947.406)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,947.406)

  2. Old ironbark : some unpublished correspondence (1817-1824) from and to William Lawson, explorer and pioneer, of Veteran Hall, N.S.W. / <With bibl.>
    Beard, William, fl. 1844-1845
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At State Library of QLD
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 102,099.453)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 102,099.453)

  3. Old Ironbark : some unpublished correspondence (1817-1824) from and to William Lawson, explorer and pioneer of Veteran Hall, N.S.W. / Introduced and edited by William Beard
    Lawson, William, 1774-1850
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At 21 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 89,102.641)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 89,102.641)

  4. Item 24-26: William Lawson seals (wax impressions)
    [ Object ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  5. Telescope said to have belonged to William Lawson
    Bassnett, James
    [ Object : 1857 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 68,970.977)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 68,970.977)

  6. [William Lawson, ca. 1860-1864 - portrait photograph]
    [ Photograph : 1864 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 68,416.305)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 68,416.305)

  7. [William Lawson, ca. 1960's - watercolour on ivory miniature]
    [ Art work : 1960 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    [William Lawson, ca. 1960's - watercolour on ivory miniature]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 67,711.984)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 67,711.984)

  8. A tribute to two Australian pioneers, William Lawson, William Hardy Wilson / organised by St. Bartholomew's, Prospect, Preservation Committee ; assisted by Camera Club of Blacktown Arts and Crafts Group
    St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church (Prospect, N.S.W.). Preservation Committee
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 59,407.07)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 59,407.07)

  9. The farm house of W. Lawson Esqre., N.S. Wales [Augustus Earle]
    Earle, Augustus, 1793-1838
    [ Art work : 1826 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    The farm house of W. Lawson Esqre., N.S. Wales [Augustus Earle]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 55,163.91)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 55,163.91)

  10. Item 05: Seal of [William] Lawson, Australian Explorer, Blue Mountains 1813. In envelope stamped ‘W.D.’
    [ Object ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 52,110.91)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 52,110.91)

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    Indigenous Leader
    ... Elsie Rose Jones, Aboriginal elder and respected teacher, who died at the age of about 80 in Wilcannia ...
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  2. Lawson, William (1904-)
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  1. [Interview with William Lawson] [interviewed by Patricia Spirek]
    Lawson, William, 1905-
    [ Sound : 1984 ]
    At WA State Library
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  2. Looking for Lawson through song
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2014 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    Looking for Lawson through song
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  3. Down the Lawson track : a celebration in song, music, poem and stories of the great Australian poet and writer Henry Lawson, 1867-1922 concert held at the National Library of Australia
    Wyndham-Read, Martyn, 1942-
    [ Sound : 2009 ]
    At National Library
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  4. The Drover's wife: a short story by Henry Lawson
    Australian Broadcasting Commission
    [ Video : 1968 ]
    At Moving Image Coll
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 181.314)

  1. William Lawson letters and other pa ...
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  2. Sword, 1800?
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  3. Eight impressions of seal of Lieute ...
    Lawson, William ...
    [ Object : 1850 ]
  4. [William Lawson, ca. 1960's - water ...
    [ Art work : 1960 ]
    [William Lawson, ca. 1960's - watercolour on ivory miniature]
  5. The farm house of W. Lawson Esqre., ...
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    The farm house of W. Lawson Esqre., N.S. Wales [Augustus Earle]
  6. Telescope said to have belonged to ...
    Bassnett, James
    [ Object : 1857 ]
  1. William Lawson, Explorer And The First Of Our Squatters
    The Farmer and Settler (Sydney, NSW : 1906 - 1955) Friday 10 December 1954 p 17 Article Illustrated
    ... , London, on June 2, 1774. The Lawsons were a Scot tish family which could trace their history back to ... Veteran || Hall, Prospect, in 1850 and 1 was buried in St. Bartholo- g mew's Cemetery, not far m from ... 1912 words
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  2. WILLIAM LAWSON
    The Independent (Deniliquin, NSW : 1901 - 1946) Monday 31 August 1936 p 3 Article
    ... '^VJLLIAM LAWSON ISP- ^eatb has occurred «t-: the g^era 'District Hospital of Wiltbe age of 63 ... 33 words
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,457.732)

  3. WILLIAM LAWSON
    Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954) Wednesday 26 July 1950 p 1 Article
    ... WILLIAM LAWSON One of Llandilo's- oldest and most widely esteemed residents, Mr. William Lawson ... large circle of friends. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Lawson, of Llandilo, and is ... 109 words
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  1. William Frederick Lawson papers, 1828-1938, including papers concerning the estate of William Lawson the younger, and Lawson family tree, 1774-ca. 1930
    Lawson, William Frederick
    [ Unpublished : 1828-1938 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 506.457)

  2. Laird, W L (William Lawson), WX8898
    [ Unpublished : 2017 ]
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    At Uni Melbourne Arch
    Laird, W L (William Lawson), WX8898
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 446.202)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 446.202)

  3. Lawson, William Graham, [No Service Number]
    Australian Red Cross Society, National Office
    [ Unpublished : 2017 ]
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    At Uni Melbourne Arch
    Lawson, William Graham, [No Service Number]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 443.411)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 443.411)

  1. ESTATE of RAPHAEL WILLIAM FRANCIS LAWSON, late
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 9 May 1969 [Issue No.55] p 1739

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... ESTATE of RAPHAEL WILLIAM FRANCIS LAWSON late of Seven Hills, in the State of New South Wales ... the estate of the said Raphael William Francis Lawson, who died on the 3rd day of December, 1968 ... 195 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,690.741)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,690.741)

  2. To William Lawson Dash, of Sydney.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 2 December 1921 [Issue No.177] p 6966

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... To William Law son Dasli, of Sydney. TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Municipality of Granville ... 125 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,674.98)

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  3. IMPOUNDED from the Estate of William Lawson, Esq., at Prospect—
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Wednesday 1 March 1837 [Issue No.265] p 220

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... IMPOUNDED from the Estate of William Lawson, Esq., at Prospect— A red and white spotted Bull, both ... 111 words
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,252.657)

  1. Lawson, William
    Gondwana To Gold: A Chronological History of Australia
    [ Article : 1996 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 586.014)

  2. William Lawson, Explorer and Pioneer. (1 April 1954)
    Royal Australian Historical Society; By JAMES JERVIS, A.S.T.C. (Fellow)
    Journal and proceedings
    [ Article : 1954 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    William Lawson, Explorer and Pioneer. (1 April 1954)
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  3. Lawson
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    At Dictionary of Sydney
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 365.849)

  4. Henry Lawson
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    [ Article : 1945-1951 ]
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  2. Lawson Reserves
    Lawson Reserves
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    North and South Lawson

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  1. Poems of Henry Lawson / selected by Walter Stone; illustrated by Pro Hart
    Lawson, Henry, 1867-1922
    [ Book : 1973-2012 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 141 libraries
    Poems of Henry Lawson / selected by Walter Stone; illustrated by Pro Hart
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  2. The world of Henry Lawson / edited by Walter Stone
    Lawson, Henry, 1867-1922
    [ Book : 1974-1991 ]
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    The world of Henry Lawson / edited by Walter Stone
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  3. Poems / Henry Lawson ; with preface and chronology by Colin Roderick
    Lawson, Henry, 1867-1922
    [ Book : 1973-2014 ]
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    At 89 libraries
    Poems / Henry Lawson ; with preface and chronology by Colin Roderick
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  4. Old ironbark : some unpublished correspondence (1817-1824) from and to William Lawson, explorer and pioneer of Veteran Hall / N.S.W. Intro. and ed. by W.Beard
    Lawson, William, active 1618
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At UWA Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 634.459)

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