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Biographical entry McNaughtan, Alexander (1815 - 1884)

Born
28 November 1815
Milngavie, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
Died
6 August 1884
Milngavie
Occupation
Merchant

Summary

Alexander McNaughtan was merchant, turned business executive who helped found the Gaslight Co., arranged the survey of water reticulation in Hobart, organized extensive searches for coal and promoted steamship services on the Derwent River and the east coast. His company McNaughtan & Co. lay a submarine telegraph cable across Bass Strait. He prepared a report for the Royal Society, Van Diemen's Land on combustible mineral substance from the Mersey River.

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Events

c. 1841 - 1842
Career position - Joined Kerr, Alexander & Co. in Scotland? And sent to their Launceston Branch
1842 - 1856
Career position - Partner and Hobart branch manager of Kerr, Bogle & Co.
c. 1857 - c. 1859
Career position - Justice of the peace, director of the Union Bank, trustee of St Mary's Hospital and chairman of the Chamber of Commerce
1859
Career position - McNaughtan & Co. contracted to lay a submarine telegraph cable across Bass Strait
1863
Career position - Advisor to the select committee on the Deloraine railway
1863
Career position - Co-founder of Launceston Gas Co.

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • McNaughtan, A., 'Report on the chemical qualities and analysis of a combustible mineral substance from the Mersey River, Tasmania, forwarded by Mr. A. McNaughtan of Hobart Town', Report of the Royal Society, Van Diemen's Land for the year 1854, vol. 3, 1855, pp. 108-114. Details

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