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Biographical entry Macadam, John (1827 - 1865)

Born
29 May 1827
Northbank, Lanark, Scotland
Died
2 September 1865
at sea
Occupation
Chemist and Physician

Summary

John Macadam was appointed Victorian government analytical chemist in 1858 and health officer for the City of Melbourne in 1860. In 1862 he became lecturer in chemistry for the Medical School of the University of Melbourne. He also taught at both Scotch College, Melbourne, and Geelong Church of England Grammar School. In the early 1860s Macadam served terms in the Victorian Legislative as the Member for Castlemaine, being Post-Master General in 1861 and sponsoring Bills related to medical practitioners and the adulteration of food. Macadam was active in the Philosophical Institute of Victoria and its successor the Royal Society of Victoria, holding executive positions, editing their journals, and acting as Secretary of the Exploration Committee organising the Victorian Exploring Expedition from 1858 to 1865. The genus Macadamia (Proteaceae) was named after him by Ferdinand von Mueller.

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Events

1846
Award - Elected Fellow, Royal Scottish Society of Arts
1848
Award - Elected Fellow, Glasgow Philosophical Society
1854
Education - Licentiate, Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, and MD, University of Glasgow
1855
Life event - Migrated to Victoria
1855
Education - Fellow, Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, University of Glasgow
1855 - 1865
Career position - Lecturer in chemistry and natural science, Scotch College, Melbourne
1856 - 1857
Career position - Member, Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1857
Career position - Teacher, Geelong Church of England Grammar School
1857 - 1859
Award - Life Member, Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1857 - 1859
Career position - Secretary, Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1857 - 1859
Career position - Editor, Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1857 - 1859
Career position - Member (later Secretary), Exploration Committee of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1858 -
Career position - Victorian Government Analytical Chemist
1858
Education - MD ad eundem, University of Melbourne
1859 - 1864
Career position - Member for Castlemaine, Legislative Assembly, Parliament of Victoria
1859 - 1865
Career position - Secretary, Exploration Committee, Royal Society of Victoria
1860 -
Career position - Health Officer, City of Melbourne
1860 - 1862
Career position - Secretary, Royal Society of Victoria
1860 - 1865
Award - Life Member, Royal Society of Victoria
1860 - 1865
Career position - Editor, Transactions and proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria
1861 - 1864
Career position - Postmaster General, Victorian Government
1862 - 1865
Career position - Lecturer in medicine, School of Medicine, University of Melbourne
1863 - 1865
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Society of Victoria

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Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • John Macadam - Records, 1862 - 1865; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

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Journal Articles

  • 'The Late Dr. Macadam', Australian Medical Journal (1865). Details
  • Macadam, John, 'Chemical Examination and Analyses of Waters in the Vicinity of Geelong', The Australian Medical Journal, 2 (1857), 17-30. Details
  • Macadam, John, 'On Kerosene', Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 6 (1865), 61-62. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn