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Biographical entry Smyth, Robert Brough (1830 - 1889)

Wallsend, Northumberland, England
8 October 1889
Prahran, Victoria, Australia
Mining engineer and Meteorologist


Robert Smyth was Government Meteorologist, Melbourne 1855-1858, Secretary of the Victorian Mines Department 1860-1876 and Director of the Bendigo School of Mines 1883-1887.

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Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Robert Brough Smyth - Records, 1820 - 1889, MS 8781; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Smyth, Robert Brough, The Gold Fields and Mineral Districts of Victoria, Queensberry Hill Press, Carlton, 1980. Details

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Conference Papers

  • Darragh, Tom, 'Robert Brough Smyth: a Mystery Solved', in Pierson, R. R. (ed.), The History of Geology in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century; the Story in Australia, and in Victoria, from Selwyn and McCoy to Gregory - 1853 to 1903, Earth Sciences History Group, GSA Inc., Melbourne, 2007, pp. 26-9. Details

Journal Articles

  • Darragh, Thomas A., 'Robert Brough Smyth: His Early Years as Revealed by his Correspondence with Adam Sedgwick', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 1, 2000, pp. 19-42. Details
  • Hoare, M. E., ''The Half-Mad Bureaucrat' Robert Brough Smyth (1830-1889)', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 2, no. 4, 1974, pp. 25-40. Details
  • Smyth, R. Brough, 'On a New Mineral from McIvor', Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria, vol. 2, Philosophical Institute of Victoria, Melbourne, 1858, pp. 17-19. Details
  • Smyth, R. Brough, 'Ozone', The Australian Medical Journal, vol. 4, T.M. Buzzard, Melbourne, 1859, pp. 1-4. Details


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See also

McCarthy, G.J.