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Biographical entry Lempriere, Thomas James (1796 - 1852)

Born
11 January 1796
Hamburg, Germany
Died
6 January 1852
at sea
Occupation
Natural history collector and Artist

Summary

Thomas James Lempriere emigrated to Van Diemen's Land in 1822 where he became a merchant and later a public official. He was a regular diarist, published on natural history subjects and was a keen collector of specimens of Tasmanian animals and plants for study in England. Lempriere set up a tide gauge, cut into rock, near Port Arthur in Tasmania. The gauge is still in existence and is believed to be the oldest in the southern hemisphere. The discovery of records of his measurements from the 1840s has shown that the sea has risen about 13.5cm since that time.

Archival resources

Archives Office of Tasmania

  • Thomas James Lempriere - Records, 1826 - 1852, CSO 1; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details

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

  • Thomas James Lempriere - Records, 1834 - 1849, A3343; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Thomas James Lempriere - Records, 1837 - 1838, A577; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Ellis, W. F., 'Lempriere, Thomas James (1796-1852), public official, author and artist', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 2, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967, pp. 105-106. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020092b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Whitley, G. P., 'T. J. Lempriere, an Early Tasmanian Naturalist', Australian Zoologist, vol. 13, no. 4, 1966, pp. 350-355. Details
  • Whitley, Gilbert P., 'Some Early Naturalists and Collectors in Australia', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. xix, 1933, pp. 291-304. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • 'Rise in sea of truths', MX, no. 21 January, 2003, p. 2. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.