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Biographical entry Arnold, Joseph (1782 - 1818)

Born
28 December 1782
Beccles, Suffolk, England
Died
26 July 1818
Padang, Sumatra
Occupation
Naturalist and Naval surgeon

Summary

Joseph Arnold was a naval surgeon for most of his career. Towards the end of his life he worked for Sir Stamford Raffles in Sumatra as a naturalist. His collection of fossils and shells was deposited in the museum of the Linnean Society, of which he was a fellow.

Details

From 1815 onwards Joseph Arnold tried unsuccessfully to practise in Sydney. He then sailed for England in the "Indefatigable", which burnt to the water's edge in Batavia.

Events

1799
Education - Apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary
1807
Education - Diploma in Surgery completed in Edinburgh, Scotland
1808 - 1815
Career position - Assistant Surgeon with the Royal Navy in England
1809
Career position - Surgeon on the H.M.S. Hindostan voyage to Sydney
1815
Career position - Surgeon-Superintendent on the Northampton voyage to Sydney
1818
Career position - Naturalist for Sir Stanford Raffles in Sumatra

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Joseph Arnold - Records, 1808 - 1818, NX 354; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Pictures Collection

Published resources

Books

  • Turner, Dawson, Memoir of J. Arnold MD, London, 1849. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Whitley, Gilbert P., 'Some Early Naturalists and Collectors in Australia', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. xix, 1933, pp. 291-304. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J & Annette Alafaci