Biographical entry McNaughtan, Alexander (1815 - 1884)
- 28 November 1815
Milngavie, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
- 6 August 1884
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.
- 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
- Career position - McNaughtan & Co. contracted to lay a submarine telegraph cable across Bass Strait
- Career position - Advisor to the select committee on the Deloraine railway
- Career position - Co-founder of Launceston Gas Co.
Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions
- Collins, David, Chemistry in Australia Bibliography, eScholarship Research Centre, 2009, http://www.eoas.info/ciab.html. Details
- 'McNaughtan, Alexander (1815-1884)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1974, p. 193. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A050219b.htm. Details
- 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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