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Biographical entry Scott, James (1810 - 1884)

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Politician and Surveyor


James Scott was a Scottish-born surveyor and pioneer who was the first to survey certain areas of Tasmanian wilderness. He is most well known for his 1852 survey that took in the hostile North-East of the state. It was as a result of this mapping that large areas were established as viable farm land, including Scottsdale and Legerwood, both named for the Scott family. Scott had emigrated from Scotland to Van Diemen's Land in 1832 and was trained in Launceston as a surveyor by his brother Thomas. From 1836 to 1839 he was employed by the State's Survey Department and after this established himself independently. From 1869 to 1884 he was a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly, where over those 15 years he represented various municipalities in parliament.

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