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Biographical entry Lenehan, Henry Alfred (1843 - 1908)

FRAS

Born
28 August 1843
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
2 May 1908
Normanhurst, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Astronomer

Summary

Henry Alfred Lenehan initially worked as a clerk with Australian Joint Stock Bank where he was posted to Ipswich and Rockhampton in Queensland. He then went on to work as a draftsman in the Railway Department (Queensland?). His appointment as an assistant to the Government Astronomer of New South Wales followed shortly afterwards (1870). Lenehan remained in this post for over thirty years, filling in for the Government Astronomer on several occasions. Finally, on 1 January 1907, he was appointed Government Astronomer and quickly set about organising for thousands of observations and readings to be made. These included gravity readings taken by the Sydney Observatory, magnetic studies by the Red Hill Observatory and the observation of the total solar eclipse and Daniel's comet in 1908 at Flint Island. Henry Lenehan was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London and was a long-term councilor and one-time president of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

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Events

1865 - c. 1870
Career position - Clerk at the Australian Joint Stock Bank in New South Wales and Queensland
1870 - 1906
Career position - Assistant to the Government Astronomer
1875
Career position - Acting Government Astronomer
1887
Career position - Acting Government Astronomer
1894
Award - Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, London (FRAS)
1901
Career position - Acting Government Astronomer
1903 - 1906
Career position - Acting Government Astronomer
1905 - 1906
Career position - President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
1 January 1907 -
Career position - Government Astronomer

Published resources

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Journal Articles

  • Tyler, Peter J., 'Seeing Stars in the City: a History of Early Astronomy in Sydney', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 142, no. 3/4, 2009, pp. 1-14. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.