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Biographical entry Brooks, Joseph (1847 - 1918)

Born
2 August 1847
Stockport, Cheshire, England
Died
9 May 1918
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Surveyor and Astronomer

Summary

Joseph Brooks worked for the South Australian Department of Survey and Crown Lands 1864-77 and the New South Wales Department of Lands 1877-1906. After retirement he became involved in Australian astronomical circles.

Details

Born Stockport, Cheshire, 2 August 1847. Died Sydney, 9 May 1918. Arrived Adelaide 1856. South Australian Department of Survey and Crown Lands 1864-75, official photographer and involved with drafting and planning for the settlement of Palmerston (Darwin), trigonometrical surveyor 1875-77; licensed surveyor, Department of Lands, Sydney 1877-1906, assisting with the triangulation of New South Wales from 1879; joined several expeditions to observe total solar eclipses 1908-11.

Archival resources

New South Wales Department of Lands

  • Joseph Brooks - Records, 1877 - 1906; New South Wales Department of Lands. Details

South Australian Department of Lands

  • Joseph Brooks - Records, 1864 - 1877; South Australian Department of Lands. Details

State Records of South Australia

  • Joseph Brooks - Records, 1864 - 1877; State Records of South Australia. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Wood, Harley, 'Brooks, Joseph (1874-1918), surveyor and astronomer', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979, pp. 432-433. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070438b.htm. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.