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Biographical entry Cooke, William Ernest (1863 - 1947)

25 July 1863
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
7 November 1947
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Astronomer and Meteorologist


William Cooke became the first government astronomer of Western Australia in 1896 and until 1908 was also government meteorologist. In 1912 Cooke then became both government astronomer of New South Wales and Professor of Astronomy, University of Sydney until the 1930s.

Archival resources

Perth Observatory

  • William Ernest Cooke - Records, 1896 - 1912; Perth Observatory. Details

Private hands (Cooke, M.G.)

  • William Ernest Cooke - Records, 1863 - 1947; Private hands (Cooke, M.G.). Details

Published resources


  • Utting, Muriel, Windows to the southern skies, Murdoch University and Perth Observatory, [Perth, W.A.], 1991, 44 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Edgeloe, V. A., 'Four Nineteenth Century Graduates', Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, vol. 14, 1986, pp. 137-148. Details
  • Hutchison, David, 'William Ernest Cooke: First Government Astronomer [in Western Australia]', Early Days, vol. 8, no. 4, 1980, pp. 93-114. Details
  • Hutchison, David E., 'William Ernest Cooke, Astronomer 1863-1947', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 5, no. 2, 1981, pp. 58-77. Also available at Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.