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Biographical entry Cracknell, Edward Charles (1831 - 1893)

Born
1831
Rochester, Kent, England
Died
14 January 1893
Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Electrical engineer and Telegraph expert

Summary

Edward Charles Cracknell was Assistant Superintendent of Telegraphs in South Australia 1855-57 and in New South Wales 1858-60. He was appointed Superintendent in 1861. He researched and developed torpedoes for the defence of Sydney Harbour firing the first torpedo in 1871.

Archival resources

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

  • Edward Charles Cracknell - Records, 1855 - 1893; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Affleck, J. L., 'Cracknell, Edward Charles (1831-1893)', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 3, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1969, pp. 488-489. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A030455b.htm. Details
  • Holt, Thomas; Garran, Andrew; Cracknell, Edward Charles, 'The Blasting Cartridge (Patent No. 416, 12 may 1874)', in Index to New South Wales Letters of Registration of Inventions, 1854 to July 1887, Government Printer, Sydney, 1891. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.