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Biographical entry Brown, Henry Yorke Lyell (1844 - 1928)

23 August 1844
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
22 January 1928
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Henry Brown was a member of the Victorian, Western Australian and New South Wales Geological Surveys 1865-1882 and was Government Geologist in South Australia 1882-1912.


Born Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, 23 August 1844. Died Adelaide, 22 January 1928. Teacher, King's College, Windsor, Nova Scotia 1860-62; student, Royal School of Mines, London 1863-64; Geological Survey of Victoria under A.R.C. Selwyn (q.v.) 1865-69; government geologist in Western Australia 1870-72; private mining in Victoria and New Zealand 1872-74; work with Selwyn, Canada 1874-81; work for the New South Wales government 1881-82; government geologist of South Australia 1882-1911; honorary consultant to the Department of Mines in Adelaide until his death. Produced a geological map of South Australia 1899.

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Archival resources

Geological Survey of South Australia

  • Henry Yorke Lyell Brown - Records, 1893 - 1899; Geological Survey of South Australia. Details

South Australian Department of Mines and Energy

  • Henry Yorke Lyell Brown - Records, 1890 - 1912; South Australian Department of Mines and Energy. Details

State Records of South Australia

  • Henry Yorke Lyell Brown - Records, 1882 - 1912, GRG 30; State Records of South Australia. Details

Published resources


  • Skeats, E. W., Some Founders of Australian Geology (Sydney: 1934). Details

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Journal Articles

  • Cooper, B. J., 'Bragg, Mawson and Brown, and the Early Uranium Discoveries in South Australia', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 133 (2009), 199-218 . Details


See also

McCarthy, G.J.