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Biographical entry McLeay, Alexander (1767 - 1848)

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Born
24 June 1767
Ross, Scotland
Died
18 July 1848
New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Entomologist

Summary

Alexander McLeay was Secretary of the Linnean Society of London 1798-1825, and Colonial Secretary of New South Wales 1825-36. He remained in Australia until his death and was involved in colonial politics, administration and scientific activities.

Archival resources

The Linnean Society of New South Wales

  • Alexander Macleay - Records, 1814 - 1837; The Linnean Society of New South Wales. Details

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

  • Alexander Macleay - Records, c. 1829 - c. 1855, A2974; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Alexander Macleay - Records, c. 1798 - c. 1825, Uncatalogued MSS SET 225; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Alexander Macleay - Records, c. 1825 - c. 1848, Uncatalogued MSS SET 380; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Gold Family - Records, 1827, ML MSS 846; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Linnean Society of London - Records, 1792 - 1870, FM 4/2699; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Linnean Society of New South Wales - Records, 1826 - 1970, ML MSS 2009; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Linnean Society of London - Records, 1790 - 1870, M596-597; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Cherry, Derelie, Alexander Macleay : from Scotland to Sydney, Paradise Publishers, Kulnura, N.S.W., 2012, 452 pp. Details
  • Gilbert, Lionel, Mr McLeay's Elizabeth Bay Garden: Plants, Privilege and Power in Sydney's Early Scientific Community, Mulini Press, Canberra, 2000, 75 pp. Details
  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932, 380 pp. Details
  • Stacey, Robyn and Hay, Ashley, Museum: the MacLeays, their Collection and the Search for Order, Cambridge University Press, Sydney, 2007, 196 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • 'McLeay, Alexander (1767-1848), public servant and entomologist', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 2, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967, pp. 177-180. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020156b.htm. Details
  • Fulton, G. R., 'Alexander, William Sharp, and William John Macleay: Their Ornithology and Museum', in Davis, William E., Recher, Harry F. and Boles, Walter E. (eds), Contributions to the History of Australasian Ornithology, Volume 2, Nuttall Ornithological Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2012, pp. 327-93. Details

Edited Books

  • Stanbury, Peter and Holland, Julian (eds), Mr Macleay's celebrated cabinet: the history of the Macleays and their museum, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, Sydney, 1988, 170 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Fletcher, J.J., 'The Society's Heritage from the Macleays', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 45, 1920, pp. 592-629. Details
  • Fletcher, J.J., 'The Society's Heritage From the Macleays. Part ii', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. liv, 1929, pp. 185-272. Details
  • Leeuwen, Michael Van, 'This Plan of a Museum: Alexander Macleay's Proposal for the Australian Museum', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. 78, no. 3-4, 1992, pp. 39-51. Details
  • Strahan, Ronald, 'The Dog that Did Not Bark: Alexander Macleay and the Australian Museum', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. 75, no. 3, 1989, pp. 224-229. Details

Reviews

  • Holland, Julian, review of Cherry, Derelie, Alexander Macleay : from Scotland to Sydney (2012), Historical Rcords of Australian Science, vol. 23, 2012, pp. 233-4. Details
  • Ventress, Alan, review of Cherry, Derelie, Alexander Macleay : from Scotland to Sydney (2012), Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. 99, 2013, pp. 101-3. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.