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Biographical entry Brünnich, Johannes Christian (1861 - 1933)

11 September 1861
Görz, Austria-Hungary
3 July 1933
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Agricultural chemist


Johannes Brünnich was government agricultural chemist for the Queensland Department of Agriculture 1897-1931. His "Elementary Lessons on the Chemistry of Farm, Dairy, and Household", first published serially in 1906 in the "Queensland Agricultural Journal", had monograph editions in 1912 and 1922 and was a text in rural colleges for many years.


Born Görz, Austria-Hungary (now Gorizia, Italy), 11 September 1861. Died Brisbane, 3 July 1933. Educated Federal Polytechnic School, Zurich. Sugar-beet factories in Bohemia and Russia; wholesale drugs firm, Georgia, USSR; Swiss military service 1884; manager, sugar refinery and maltings, Brisbane 1885-86; manager, sugar mill, Darwin 1886-87; chemist and manager, Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Homebush mill near Mackay 1887-97; government agricultural chemist, Queensland Department of Agriculture 1897-1931; lecturer in chemistry, Gatton Agricultural College 1897-99. President, Royal Society of Queensland 1908; examiner in chemistry, Queensland College of Pharmacy and Chemistry.

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  • Beckmann, T. J., 'Brünnich, Johannes Christian (1861-1933), agricultural chemist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979, pp. 463-464. Also available at Details

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