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Biographical entry Bleasdale, John Ignatius (1822 - 1884)

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Lancashire, England
June 1884
San Francisco, United States of America
Priest, Chemist and Mineralogist


John Bleasdale was a Catholic clergyman interested in science and was President of the Royal Society of Victoria, 1865. He worked on the committee to establish a public museum of natural history in Melbourne in the 1850s, and pushed for the founding of schools of chemistry and mineralogy.


Born in 1822. Arrived Melbourne 1850. Appointed vice-president of seminary, St Patrick's College at Eastern Hill in 1855. Foundation member, Melbourne Microscopical Society. Fellow, Geographical and Linnean societies, and honorary member of Medical Society of Victoria. President, Royal Society of Victoria, 1865. Migrated to California in 1877 and died in San Francisco in June 1884.

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Smith, Wilson Berry, Bleasdale, 1850-1950: a centenary history of Bleasdale, Langhornes Creek, South Australia, Advertiser, Adelaide, 1950, 21 pp. Details

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Conference Papers

  • Birch, W. D., 'Gemstones in the Forest: Rev. John Bleasdale's Journey to William Wallace Creek, Victoria', in Pierson, R. R. (ed.), The History of Geology in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century; the Story in Australia, and in Victoria, from Selwyn and McCoy to Gregory - 1853 to 1903, Earth Sciences History Group, GSA Inc., Melbourne, 2007, pp. 8-11. Details

Journal Articles

  • Bleasdale, J.I., 'On Colonial Wines', Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, vol. 8, Wilson & Mackinnon, Melbourne, 1867, pp. 53-72. Details
  • Bleasdale, J.I., 'On the essence of meat and other methods of preserving fleshmeat', The Australian Medical Journal, vol. 13, T.M. Buzzard, Melbourne, 1867, pp. 78-86. Details
  • Bleasedale, John Ignatius, 'On Chlorine as a Solvent of Gold', Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, vol. 6, Wilson & Mackinnon, Melbourne, 1865, pp. 47-52. Details
  • Farrer, Keith Thomas Henry, 'The Rev Dr JI Bleasdale and the Medical Society of Victoria', Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, vol. 86, 1993, pp. 166-198. Details

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