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Biographical entry Madsen, Hans Frandsen (1843 - 1937)

26 February 1843
Janderup, Denmark
22 January 1937
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Hans Madsen moved into the surveying industry in 1864 after ten years working the Ballarat mines. He wrote at least one scientific article during his career. Madsen was a pioneer in Australian telescope making.



1864 - 1874
Career position - Miner in Ballarat, Victoria
1874 - 1876
Career position - Assistant Surveyor in New South Wales
1876 - 1913
Career position - Licensed Surveyor in the Surveyor-General's Office, New South Wales

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Madsen, H. F., 'Notes on the process of polishing and figuring 18-in. glass specula by hand, and experiments with flat surfaces', Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 20, 1886, pp. 79-91. Also available at Details
  • Orchiston, W., 'Contribution of the Lands Department to the Development of Astronomy in New South Wales During the Nineteenth Century', Australian Journal of Astronomy, vol. 2, no. 2, 1987, pp. 65-74. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne and Bembrick, Colin, 'The role of the large reflecting telescope in amateur astronomy: an Australian case study', Australian Journal of Astronomy, vol. 6, no. 2, 1995, pp. 53-74. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.