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Biographical entry MacDonnell, William John ( - 1910)

Born
Ireland
Died
22 September 1910
Occupation
Astronomer and Bank Manager

Summary

William John MacDonnell was viewed by many as the father of astronomical science in Australia. He was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, built at least two private observatories and at his death had one of the finest libraries in the field in New South Wales.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • William John MacDonnell - Records, 1871 - 1887; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'William John Macdonnell: an Early Branch Stalwart', The Astronomers' Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 9, 2000, p. 183. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'William John Macdonnell and the Development of Astronomy in New South Wales', Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol. 111, 2001, pp. 13-25. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.