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Biographical entry Macleay, William John (1820 - 1891)

Born
13 June 1820
Wick, Scotland
Died
7 December 1891
Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Naturalist and Entomologist

Summary

(Sir) William John Macleay, a New South Wales pastoralist, politician and scientist, was the founder of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney and helped to found the Entomological Society of New South Wales. He wrote widely on entomology, icthyology and zoology.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Adolph Basser Library Pictorial Collection, MS 056; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

The Linnean Society of New South Wales

  • William John Macleay - Records, 1860 - 1881; The Linnean Society of New South Wales. Details

Macleay Museum, University of Sydney

  • William John Macleay - Records, 1870 - 1890; Macleay Museum, University of Sydney. Details

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

  • 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
  • William John Macleay - Records, 1805 - 1859, ML MSS 565; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Books

  • MacMillan, David S., A Squatter Went to Sea. The story of Sir William Macleay's New Guinea Expedition and his life in Sydney, Currawong Publishing Co., Sydney, 1957. Details
  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932, 380 pp. Details
  • Tilbrook, Louis, The Macleay Collectors: a Working Notebook, The Macleay Museum, Sydney, 1992. Details

Book Sections

  • Brodie, Marc, 'Sir William John Macleay, 1820-1891', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. 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

  • Fletcher, J.J. (ed.), The Macleay Memorial Volume, Sydney, 1893. Details
  • 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

  • Horning, D. S., 'William John Macleay - Entomological Lion?', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 113, 1992, pp. 3-14. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.